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President Ma touts Taiwan's many strengths in 2014

President Ma touts Taiwan's many strengths in 2014

Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) highlighted on Wednesday several positive economic and social trends in Taiwan in 2014, saying the country had flourished in five areas and performed well in another last year. Among the areas in which the country thrived, Ma said, were the country's 210,000 births in 2014, the second highest in 10 years, and the 30,000 applications received for 10,000 career soldier openings. The other big gains were the record 9.91 million overseas visitor arrivals, a strong stock market that generated an average gain of NT$360,000 (US$11,401) per investor, and an economy that grew 3.78 percent, higher than the three other traditional "Asian Tigers" -- South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore -- for the first time in 16 years. The "one good" mentioned by the president was the narrowing income gap between the country's rich and poor, which fell to its lowest level in five years. The president touted these positive trends while having lunch with soldiers at Chih Hang Air Force Base in Taitung County on the day before the Year of the Goat was set to begin. Accompanied by his top national security aide Kao Hua-chu (???) and Defense Minister Kao Guang-chi (???), Ma was inspecting military bases in eastern Taiwan to show his appreciation to military officers and soldiers for their service to the country. During his stay, he watched a fitness training drill and praised a female soldier who ran at a fast pace with a male soldier much heavier than her on her back, easily surpassing fitness standards. (By Lu Tai-and Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-27 21:00 GMT+08:00