Cabinet releases policy guideline report

Cabinet releases policy guideline report

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) The new Cabinet on Thursday released a preliminary report on its policy guidelines, in which it vowed to make Taiwan a responsible and indispensible member of the international community.

The report consisted of 19 chapters, including sections on foreign policy, national defense, internal affairs, finance, education, technology and economy. It includes President Tsai Ing-wen's policy platform, and ideas from Premier Lin Chuan and ministry heads.

The report said the new government will aim to enhance "the Republic of China Taiwan's" international visibility and recognition, secure a foothold in Asia for the "Republic of China Taiwan," and help it connect with the rest of the world.

The new government will also continue to strengthen ties with democratic countries such as the United States and Japan, consolidate relations with its diplomatic allies, increase cooperation with European countries, and deepen ties with Southeast Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand, the report said. It will also work to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, and build a consistent, predictable, and sustainable cross-strait relationship, according to the report.

The administration will promote peaceful and stable cross-strait relations based on the current system of the Republic of China, democratic principles and the opinions of the general public, the report said.

Meanwhile, dedicated offices and national-level think tanks will be formed to facilitate partnerships between Taiwan and ASEAN countries as well as India, according to the report.

The government will also push for Taiwan's inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership regional trade blocs, the report said.

In the areas of national defense, the government will develop Taiwan's own capabilities to build the aircraft and submarines it needs, the report said.

The administration will also improve the investment environment by signing tax and tariff agreements, reform the pension system, build a long-term care system, and safeguard the rights of Taiwanese fishermen in international waters, according to the report. (By Tai Ya-chen and Christie Chen)

Updated : 2021-04-13 15:37 GMT+08:00