Pres­i­dent happy with the new­born num­ber in 2014

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou ex­pressed his joy Tues­day over a higher-than-ex­pected new­born num­ber last year.

“I’m ex­tremely happy, though they’re not mine,” said Ma, when talk­ing about the new­born num­ber for last year while at­tend­ing an ac­tiv­ity at the Pres­i­den­tial Of­fice for staff and their chil­dren.

The num­ber last year was pre­vi­ously ex­pected to be 195,000, but it hit 213,000.

The pres­i­dent said that see­ing so many chil­dren helped him to recharge and muster more energy to work, and in­vited them to visit the of­fice when­ever they feel like it.

As the birth rate has kept de­clin­ing over the past sev­eral decades, Tai­wan is fac­ing a fu­ture la­bor short­age.

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