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President Ma says goals have been achieved to certain extent

President Ma says goals have been achieved to certain extent

Taipei, May 11 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said in a media interview published Sunday that the goals he set when he took office seven years ago have been achieved to a certain extent.
In an exclusive interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ma said that when he took office seven years ago, he put forth a vision to create a free, democratic and prosperous Taiwan, a peaceful cross-strait relationship, and a friendly international environment.
"We have made steady progress toward our goals. While not all have been met, we have done a great deal toward realizing this vision," he said in response to a question on how history should judge him as president.
He said Taiwan's GDP growth was 3.74 percent in 2014, the highest among the Four Asian Tigers, and Taiwan is also pretty competitive in terms of jobless and inflation rates.
This year, Taiwan's stock index hit the 10,000-point mark at one point, he noted.
Taiwan has also enjoyed a better distribution of income over the past seven years and now has one of the most equitable income distributions among the Four Asian Tigers, he said.
When asked about his options after the end of his tenure and what advice he would give to his successor, Ma said it is not appropriate to discuss now what he will do after he leaves office.
He said, however, that policies promoted by his administration, particularly cross-Taiwan Strait policies, are vital and must not be taken lightly.
"No major changes should be made, especially on key issues," he said.
Over the past seven years, Taiwan's relations with mainland China and the rest of the world have improved, which are achievements that Taiwan should cherish, the president said.
He said over 80 percent of people in Taiwan wish to maintain the status quo because today they enjoy rights and benefits they did not have seven years ago.

(By Claudia Liu and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-20 22:28 GMT+08:00