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United Daily News: Tsai's undecipherable alternative program

United Daily News: Tsai's undecipherable alternative program

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen is drafting a 10-year platform for her party that is intended to be an alternative to the ruling party's proposed trade pact with China.
Tsai said that her plan would call on Taiwan "to approach China through the world." She said that instead of signing a trade pact with China, local industries could avoid high tariffs by setting up factories there.
But doesn't forcing Taiwanese industries to invest in China contradict the DPP's policy of standing aloof from China? Regardless, Tsai's plan is a recipe for self-inflicted ruin.
Tsai also said that Taiwan should review its policy of making the economy its top priority because it leads to injustice. "We should think about whether economic growth should be our only goal, " she said.
Her argument is questionable, as she cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that exports, which account for 70 percent of Taiwan's gross domestic product, are the country's lifeline. The chairwoman's program will carry no weight if it negates Taiwan's export-oriented policy.
Tsai has not yet aired her idea about Taiwan's national identity, but she has obviously tailored her economic policy to her political agenda. For example, she opposes any trade pact with China, claiming it would reinforce China's dominance in Southeast Asia and undermine U.S. influence.
Therefore, Tsai says, Taiwan should review its economy-first policy and reverse its export-oriented economic approach, cutting Taiwan's reliance on China and thereby shielding Taiwan from China's political threat.
It is a ridiculous policy. Taiwan has to build economic strength because of China's political threat, and the weaker Taiwan's economy, the more vulnerable it will be to China's economic influence and the more difficult for it to hold its own under China's political threat.
Tsai's plan to cut Taiwan's economic ties with China in an attempt to gain political leeway will not ease China's threat to Taiwan, but will instead risk ruining Taiwan's economy and plunging the country into a political disaster.
Tsai's plan for a 10-year platform has not dealt with the country's identity either, and she recently called the Republic of China "a government living in Taiwan in exile." We are eager to see what alternative plan she has to address that issue. (May 27, 2010) (By Maubo Chang)




Updated : 2021-03-02 07:04 GMT+08:00