Wed, Jul 02, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Taichung chief Hu touts advancements

CULTURE AND INDUSTRY Mayor Jason Hu said he eschews vote-grabbing moves and focuses on his pet projects

By Brian Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

"But they choose to invest in Taichung. We are finding places for them outside of the science park. A private industrial park, for instance, is to be built beside the science park. It has room for 20 factories ... All these signs are very encouraging.

"The department-store business in the city is also booming. It grew 8.5 percent over the past year -- five times the national average over the same period.

"Such development complies with my vision of an economic bloc in the central parts of the country. The economic bloc will center around Taichung City, with over 6 million people in the central region using Taichung as their business, cultural and leisure center," Hu said.

Asked about whether he would run for a second term, Hu said he has not made the decision yet.

"I am not the kind of political leader who always thinks about re-election immediately after my first term. If I think like them, I would get nothing accomplished," Hu said.

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