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Meeting with business leaders, premier takes aim at student movement
Central News Agency
2014-06-10 08:19 PM
Taipei, June 10 (CNA) Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Tuesday launched an indirect attack at the students involved in the Sunflower Movement, the protest that occupied the Legislature for nearly a month in March, by speaking highly of "other" young people in Taiwan. Praising youths "other than those (involved) in the student movement," Jiang told a breakfast meeting of industry and business leaders that Taiwan has many young people who do not blame the government for their problems. "They don't complain about the government all day, and they don't attribute their own failures to other people," he said, drawing a division between the young people who did not take part in the March 18-April 10 occupation of the Legislative Yuan to oppose the trade-in-services pact with China and those who did. The government has an important role to play in helping "these young people" fulfill their ambitions, he said. The remainder of the premier's remarks focused on the state of the economy and plans to turn things around for Taiwan. Since 2008, he noted, Taiwan has faced multiple challenges such as Typhoon Morakot, which slammed into the country in August 2009, the global financial crisis, and the European sovereign debt crisis, all of which have hurt the economy. Despite this, he said, some major changes have taken place in Taiwan, pointing to the green light on the government's overall monitoring indicator for April of this year for the third consecutive month -- a sign of optimism about economic development and consumption and something which has not happened since August 2011. Citing economic indicators such as unemployment rates, export orders, and the Taiwan Stock Exchange Capitalization Weighted Stock Index, Jiang said that Taiwan's economy is on the path to stability and even growth, attributing the turnaround to concerted efforts on the part of the government and the private sector. He also gave a rundown of the government's major tasks for the near future, including a national conference on economics and trade in late July, a national energy consultation meeting scheduled for August, and pushing for reviews of a special act covering the free economic pilot zones. The government understands it cannot rely on opening its market alone to boost growth, he said, but must at the same time attach great importance to innovation and encourage start-ups. He said that relevant government agencies are pulling out the stops to promote policies for start-ups to obtain capital and build marketing and branding skills in order to facilitate the transformation and upgrading of local industries. (By Milly Lin and Evelyn Kao)
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