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Ma refers to his administration as ‘Chinese’

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday morning thanked the outgoing Solomon Islands ambassador at the Presidential Office, but referred to his administration as the “Chunghua government” (中華政府) or “Chinese government.”

Expressing his gratitude for the Solomon Islands’ assistance following the devastation wrought by Typhoon Morakot in August, Ma said the “Chunghua government” and its people thanked the Pacific ally’s parliament for passing a resolution expressing concern over the destruction.

Solomon Islands Ambassador Beraki Jino has been posted in Taiwan for six years and will move on to Australia to serve as high commissioner.

Realizing his mistake, Ma immediately corrected himself and said he meant the “government of the Republic of China.”

Ma said Taiwan was also deeply touched by the donation raised by a tribe in Isabel Province, adding that the tribal chief rode a boat for more than five hours to deliver the 1,000 Solomon Islands dollars (US$120) he had raised to Taiwan’s technical assistance mission in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands.

Ma also thanked the Solomon Islands for its support for ­Taiwan’s bid to participate in international organizations and activities, including the World Health Assembly and the Government Procurement Agreement.

He said he hoped to see the two countries continue to cooperate in the development of alternative energy and medical assistance.

At a separate setting yesterday, Ma drew attention to Taiwan’s economic recovery, saying his administration would strive for 4.8 percent economic growth this year and a record-breaking US$18,000 GNP per capita.

Ma said the biggest problem facing Taiwan’s economy was unemployment. It remained at 5.68 percent last month and the figure was worse if people who had been unable to find a job for an extended period of time were included, he said.

“Our top priority is to lower unemployment. We will establish measures to address the problem very soon,” he said.

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