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Tsai unveils plan to build 'romantic Hakka road'

Tsai unveils plan to build 'romantic Hakka road'

Taipei, Dec. 29 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen promised Thursday to build a "romantic road" linking Hakka communities along Taiwan's west coast to stimulate local economic activity and promote Hakka culture. Unveiling the plan at a forum held on the issue, Tsai said the idea was inspired by Germany's scenic Romantic Road, which connects a total of 26 towns and cities in the south of the European country. If elected, Tsai said, a section of the No. 3 provincial highway -- from Taichung's Shihkang Township to Hsinchu's Guansi Township -- will be designated a national Hakka zone. Tsai said she will also improve the area's infrastructure and set up a NT$100 billion rural development fund to encourage young people to develop their careers in rural areas. In addition, Tsai said she will push for a "new agricultural movement" to encourage young people to engage in farming as an alternative to military service. Later at a campaign rally aimed at highlighting her attention to Taiwan's indigenous communities, Tsai pledged to push for indigenous autonomy and help indigenous people resolve land disputes if elected. Also, Tsai said she will create over 10,000 jobs for indigenous people and work to revitalize the economy of indigenous villages. Meanwhile, when asked to comment on a recent report by Next magazine that the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou has asked the Investigation Bureau to put her under surveillance, Tsai said there are reasons to believe the report is true. For example, Tsai said, she decided on Wednesday to call on a city councilor, but Ma's running mate, Wu Den-yih, telephoned the same councilor to indicate his intention to visit him as well, and he did so two hours before her appointment. She questioned how the Ma camp could have reacted so quickly without having some kind of intelligence, and urged Ma to explain publicly if he has used government resources to conduct "political surveillance." (By Sophia Yeh, Wen Kuai-hsiang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-04-20 02:15 GMT+08:00