Tsai chides Hung over ‘reck­less’ China pol­icy

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Op­po­si­tion leader Tsai wen yesterday crit­i­cized Kuom­intang (KMT) ri­val in pres­i­den­tial elec­tion over “reck­less” cross-strait poli­cies.

“She has been chang­ing her ideas, which gives the im­pres­sion that she is be­ing reck­less,” Tsai said, re­fer­ring to Hung Hsiu-chu’s han­dling of Tai­wan-main­land re­la­tions.

Tsai, who is rep­re­sent­ing the main op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) in the up­com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, said cross-strait poli­cies al­low no room for reck­less­ness. Ingher the her

Tsai was re­spond­ing to Hung’s al­le­ga­tion that the DPP can­di­date is cheat­ing vot­ers by hid­ing her pro-Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence stance.

Hung, who is await­ing the KMT’s fi­nal con­fir­ma­tion of her pres­i­den­tial can­di­dacy, said Fri­day that pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates ought to clearly spell out their crossstrait stance.

Mak­ing crit­i­cisms clearly against Tsai with­out di­rectly nam­ing her, Hung said it would be a lie to vot­ers if a can­di­date failed to as­sert their de­sire for Tai­wan’s in­de­pen­dence be­fore the elec­tion and then de­clared their in­ten­tion af­ter win­ning.

Hung ques­tioned whether it was pos­si­ble that a can­di­date could be op­posed to Tai­wanese in­de­pen­dence but be afraid that say­ing so openly would an­tag­o­nize the proin­de­pen­dence camp.

Tsai has vowed to main­tain Tai­wan’s sta­tus quo if elected pres­i­dent, while Hung calls for closer ties and faster de­vel­op­ment be­tween the two sides of the strait, say­ing she would seek to sign a peace pact with main­land China.

“Pol­i­cy­mak­ing must be sta­ble, pre­dictable and meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the public. It must not be reck­less,” said Tsai dur­ing a meet­ing with DPP lo­cal gov­ern­ment chiefs. “It seems the KMT candi- date is some­what reck­less.”

Dur­ing the meet­ing that took place in Taichung, Tsai, as chair­woman of the main op­po­si­tion party, also un­veiled a plat­form for lo­cal de­vel­op­ment, promis­ing more au­thor­ity, re­sources and fund­ing for lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

The main op­po­si­tion party is in con­trol of 13 of Tai­wan’s 21 ma­jor cities and coun­ties, and if elected pres­i­dent, Tsai said she would be able to im­ple­ment the blue­print the DPP has de­vised for the de­vel­op­ments of dif­fer­ent re­gions of the coun­try.

She said the blue­print di­vides Tai­wan into six re­gions, with Tai- pei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Keelung and Yi­lan form­ing a hub for Tai­wan’s in­ter­na­tional trade.

Taoyuan will also form part of a Hakka cul­tural re­gion that also com­prises Hs­inchu and Miaoli, ac­cord­ing to the blue­print.

Taichung, Changhua and Nan­tou will fo­cus on tourism and in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties lever­ag­ing on their trans­porta­tion net­works.

Yun­lin, Chi­ayi and Tainan will re­main an im­por­tant agri­cul­tural re­gion, and will also serve as a base of the de­vel­op­ment of ad­vanced agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy.

Tainan, Kaoh­si­ung and Ping­tung will also form a hub in South­ern Tai­wan lever­ag­ing on their so­lar and ocean re­sources.

Hualien, Taitung, Kin­men and Matsu will be given sup­port to main­tain their char­ac­ter­is­tics and im­prove their res­i­dents’ stan­dards of liv­ing.

Tsai said the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment tar­gets will mostly be cross-bor­der projects cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent cities and coun­ties.

The DPP chief said the na­tion will have ex­cep­tion­ally high ex­pec­ta­tions for the party, as if they were ex­pect­ing a “star” ath­lete to “break the records.”

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