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Tsai Ing-wen confronts Ma with ten questions at DPP economy conference
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-29 09:25 PM

Democratic Progress Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen criticized the Ma Ying-jeou administration’s obsolete stimulus economic policy and decision-making model that failed to meet challenges inside and outside the country in a DPP-organized citizens economy conference Friday. Tsai attributed weak economic dynamics and low industrial competitiveness to a malfunction in government.

Tsai presented ten questions to the Ma administration: first, why has Taiwan’s economy been plagued by inertia in recent years? Second, why has job seeking become so difficult? Third, why have real wages fallen back to levels last seen 16 years ago? Fourth, why is the starting salary for graduates only NT$22,000? Fifth, why have the cost of basic essentials and housing prices skyrocketed? Sixth, why is national income distribution worsening? Seventh, why is a huge gap between rich and poor observed in Taiwan? Eighth, why is Korea, who used to trail behind Taiwan in regards to GDP per person, now surpassing Taiwan? Ninth, why does even a cabinet official no longer see Taiwan as a member of the four Asian tigers? Tenth, what is the future of Taiwan’s economy and where is the hope of the people?

Tsai stated that a national affairs conference on economics and trade held in July by the Ma administration was designed to respond to a call from students in the Sunflower Movement to convene a citizen conference on constitutional amendment, but it didn’t address new fundamental problems and failed to meet people’s expectations. The meeting held on Friday by the DPP is to create a dialogue platform for citizens to initiate in-depth discussions and exchange opinions on equal footage, serving as a driving force for Taiwan’s economy.

Tsai said that the citizens economy conference plans to target three major issues, including, first, the core value of economic development and the choice of national objective; second, the choice of economic growth model; third, a balanced development between globalization and Cross-strait relations. She also emphasized that the debate conducted at the conference will be in a rational and professional manner rather than waving sensational political language.

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