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Tsai to build China policies on existing exchanges

TPP efforts require a special government department: Tsai

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen told business leaders Tuesday she would build relations with China on the results of 20 years of agreements and exchanges and set up a special government unit to promote Taiwan’s entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership.
The opposition leader is widely tipped to win the January 16 presidential election, but because of her party’s support for Taiwan Independence and because of China’s rejection, doubts have emerged about the future of cross-straits relations.
Facing questions from business federations at a forum in Taipei City Tuesday, Tsai said the core principle for her China policies was “maintaining the status quo,” while she would continue to push for the peaceful and stable development of cross-straits relations based on the achievements of more than 20 years of exchanges and negotiations between the two sides.
Tsai said that if she won the election, her administration would work hard to join new regional economic and trade bodies such as the TPP and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
For the TPP campaign, she would set up a special unit inside the Executive Yuan with an official with ministerial rank in charge of membership efforts. The department would both open a dialogue inside the country as well as manage negotiations with other countries, she said.
The signing of free trade agreements and other bilateral and regional accords would also be seen as priorities for her new government, Tsai said.
Taiwan needed first to work at its domestic economic structure, boost domestic consumption and promote transformation, before it would join regional and international economic integration, Tsai reportedly said.
Seven business associations invited the opposition leader to discuss more than a dozen business-related topics at a forum Tuesday, with her rivals in the election, Kuomintang Chairman Eric Liluan Chu and People First Party Chairman James Soong, invited to speak separately.

Updated : 2021-09-27 15:11 GMT+08:00