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Economic Daily News: Expectations of president

Economic Daily News: Expectations of president

Taiwan editorial abstract (File 2 of a daily roundup) President Ma Ying-jeou said recently that he was deeply moved and grateful after learning that "hope" has been selected as the word most representative of Taiwan for 2009 in an opinion survey.
When the survey asking respondents to choose a word best reflecting the situation in the country for the year was held for the first time in 2008, the word "chaos" was chosen.
Even though Taiwan's economy is mired in a recession with unemployment reaching 6 percent and gross domestic product (GDP) contracting 2.53 percent this year, local people have not chosen a negative word to epitomize the national situation.
The selection of the neutral word "hope" represents local people's tolerance of Ma's flaws and deficiencies and their strong expectations that Ma will do something to lead the country out of the abyss.
Ma understands the public's moods and expectations as evidenced in his recent calligraphy that reads "2010 will be a new start for Taiwan." He says Taiwan's economy will rebound and post growth of more than 4 percent next year. It is a general world trend that the economy will improve in the coming year, but what our people expect is not just short-term growth or rebound but vision for long-term national development.
After two decades of social confusion, disorder and divisions due to frequent political elections, Taiwan's social system and ethical values are in disarray. Ma must come up with farsighted initiatives to inspire people to work in concert for national wellbeing and prosperity.
While maintaining the status quo and upholding the constitution are Ma's fundamental governance guidelines, we would like to see him take bolder steps in the coming year to rebuild Taiwan into a sustainable homeland where people can lead stable and prosperous lives.
As Taiwan is destined to engage in peaceful competition with China, we hope Ma can take the initiative in the coming year to help upgrade Chinese civilization using Taiwan's experiences in building a liberal and democratic modern society and political system for the wellbeing of the whole Chinese race. This endeavor will help protect Taiwan from plunging into a cross-Taiwan Strait war.
At a time when many young Europeans have gradually dropped narrow-minded nation-state complexes and perceive themselves as Europeans and world citizens, Ma should take steps to encourage local people to shed their "outcast mentality" resulting from Taiwan's diplomatic isolation and to participate in global activities and volunteer services to win Taiwan more friends and upgrade our country's international profile.
(By Sofia Wu)




Updated : 2021-05-07 00:57 GMT+08:00