Wed, Jun 02, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Yu Shyi-kun says he will complete four major tasks

CNA , TAIPEI

Premier Yu Shyi-kun pledged to accomplish four major tasks -- fostering a national identity, establishing a failsafe security network, building a clean political environment and forging strategic alliances -- in a report Tuesday to the legislative Yuan on the policy of his administration.

Yu reaffirmed the govern-ment's determination to establish a Taiwanese identity on the basis of pluralistic ethnicity by putting emphasis on harmony between national pluralistic ethnic groups.

He also vowed to do everything possible to protect the collective rights and interests of all ethnic groups in Taiwan while safeguarding both civil rights and cultural rights for foreign spouses, including those from China.

With respect to the establishment of a failsafe security network, Yu outlined a government plan to develop criminal investigation know-how and renew all equipment with a view to preventing organized crime.

As for building a clean political environment, Yu reiterated the government's determination to continue to intensify the political donation management system and to set up an anti-corruption mechanism.

He also called on the legislature to speed up screening of several major draft bills on political reforms, including a draft political party law, a draft lobbying law and a draft law governing the disposal of ill-gotten party assets.

Touching on forging strategic alliances, the premier said his administration will seek to sign free trade agreements with other major nations so that the country will not be marginalized in the face of global economic integration, while continuing to upgrade Taiwan's global competitiveness.

In the face of a new cross-Taiwan Strait situation following the March 20 presidential election, the premier pledged that the government will continue to devote itself to stabilizing relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait and expanding bilateral trade and economic exchanges under the basic principles of "Taiwan first, reciprocity and risk management."

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