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Taiwan at a critical turning point

By Tzou Jiing-wen 鄒景雯

The first problem is the crisis posed by a shortage of labor and human resources, both of which are vital to the nation’s economic development.

To solve this crisis, the government must adopt a more ambitious approach and compete for talent with other nations.

During the eight years of Ma’s presidency, Taiwan did not take the initiative on immigration and President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration has faced this protectionist stance over the past two years.

The government’s pace, scope and complementary measures in dealing with this problem are worrying people with knowledge and insight. Unless the government grabs the bull by the horns and handles this challenge properly and promptly, the nation can stop dreaming of anything long term.

The second problem has to do with national security — the challenge of maintaining an independent national defense system. With an aging society and a falling birthrate, a shortage of soldiers will unavoidably become a problem, which highlights the recklessness of introducing an all-volunteer army.

This has been the common goal of several successive governments, but it is up to the current government to resolve this issue. It must conduct a comprehensive review of the military service system in order to establish an effective military deterrent capability to ensure peace.

When the Chinese elite speak of a turning point, they are worried about whether their leader has a vision for the future. When Taiwanese see this turning point, it is an opportunity for the nation.

Taiwan must seize the moment and put it to the best possible use.

Tzou Jiing-wen is the editor-in-chief of the Liberty Times (the sister newspaper of the Taipei Times).

Translated by Chang Ho-ming

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