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Put aside political differences to grow economy: former VP
Central News Agency
2014-01-06 11:11 PM
Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew on Monday urged politicians to rise above party politics and work for the good of the nation, echoing a call last week by President Ma Ying-jeou for all parties to work together to grow Taiwan's economy. In a TV interview aired late Monday, Siew said he hopes to form a private-sector alliance to promote Taiwan's participation in the ongoing process to form the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Describing himself as a volunteer, Siew said the alliance will include entrepreneurs, academics, politicians and representatives from other sectors. Becoming part of the alliance does not mean that person is endorsing anyone, he said, adding that politicians should love their country. "If we truly want what is best for our country, then we should rise above the party divide," he said. He stressed the urgency of joining the TPP negotiations, saying Taiwan should participate before the 12 countries conclude their first round of negotiations by mid-2014. In the interview, the 75-year-old former vice president who served as premier and economics minister during his career in public office played down the role he was assigned to play. He was asked by the president to contribute to efforts to stimulate Taiwan's economy, not to play a leadership role, Siew said. He also rejected rumors that he might return to government as premier. (By Justin Su, Claudia Liu and Jay Chen)
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