Sat, May 20, 2017 - Page 8 News List

Focus on substance before looks

By Paul Lin 林保華

Taiwan’s economy is doing well thanks to US economic growth, but many exports are actually made in China and the nation has come under Chinese pressure because of this.

Given these circumstances, the Cabinet’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program, which is focused on local construction, seems even more important, because it does not rely on China and is unlikely to be affected by global economic developments.

The government should work hard to implement the program, welcoming criticism and suggestions, but rejecting ill-intended riots and opposition.

Running a country is different from running an electoral campaign. The nation’s future depends on all Taiwanese finding solid ground and then moving forward step by step, not on empty election sloganeering.

It was not long ago that Taiwan entered the era of democratic politics. Neither the government nor the opposition parties have managed to eliminate the old “small peasant” attitude and cliquishness that still plagues the nation’s politics, and this is likely to be an obstacle to the nation’s development.

Paul Lin is a political commentator.

Translated by Eddy Chang

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