Sun, Dec 28, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Lu lauds Taiwan's competitiveness on international stage

WORLD PLAYER The news that Taiwan was now fifth in terms of global competitiveness brought a smile to the vice president's face

CNA , TAIPEI

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday that Taiwan's competitiveness has risen from 10th to fifth globally in the three and a half years that Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) has been president.

At a meeting marking Architects' Day, Lu described Chen and herself as architects of the country who have helped the country progress.

According to Lu, a recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report ranked Taiwan's overall competitiveness fifth worldwide, compared with 10th in 2000.

The WEF also ranked Taiwan as the most competitive country in Asia for the second year in a row.

Lu said that architecture does not depend on materials alone, but requires a human touch as well.

She said she hopes that architecture in the future will depend on the interplay of high technology and the humanities; tradition and innovation; and localization and internationalization.

Meanwhile, Lu noted that at a time when countries are seeking to sign free trade agreements, Taiwan should accelerate its internationalization process to avoid being marginalized.

She said that Taiwanese people should not be pessimistic as they have created democratic and economic miracles in spite of having limited territory and resources, as well as having to face the diplomatic embargo imposed by Beijing.

Turning to China, Lu urged Taiwanese people not to forget the 496 missiles Beijing is aiming at Taiwan. Lu reminded the public that the number of missiles may rise to 650 in 2005.

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