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INTERVIEW: China’s Five-Year Plan veering toward unification

By Tzou Jiing-wen  /  Liberty Times Staff Reporter

As the public gets money to spend and also dares spend it, the strategy to improve the consumption environment can be used to help increase spending. The increased spending among the public is then matched with the strategies to perfect the structure of foreign trade and to increase the use of foreign investments in order to produce equilibrium in the balance of payments and maintain reasonable investment growth and an optimized investment structure. Finally, these measures will adjust the economic growth model so that consumption, investment and exports work together to drive economic growth instead of the current model where economic growth is only driven by investment and exports.

To sum up, each link along this key strategic path poses a considerable challenge. The greatest challenge is two-fold: the state-owned enterprise monopolies controlled by high cadres and the privileges pertaining to the urban class as a result of the household registration system.

As to the development of seven strategic new industries, cadres at every level are very ambitious, which means that it will not be that difficult to reach the goals, although it will be more difficult to reach environmental, energy savings and technical skill benchmarks.

TT: Does China’s 12th Five-Year Plan mention it’s approach to Taiwan?

Chang: Based on the logic of strategic planning, the goal of the plan’s approach to Taiwan is to further promote the unification of the “motherland.” Since it is only a Five-Year Plan, the goal cannot be to complete the unification of the “motherland.” The core values of China’s approach to Taiwan are to insist on peaceful unification and “one country, two systems,” Jiang’s eight points, Hu’s six points and opposing Taiwanese separatist activities.

In terms of strategic direction, promoting the creation of a mechanism for cross-strait exchanges means to carry out negotiations and sign agreements that can serve as a starting point for its Taiwan-related work within the framework of the 12th Five-Year Plan. That work will then follow three directions, all moving toward the goal of unifying the “motherland.”

The first direction is to promote bilateral investments, let the western coast of the Taiwan Strait function as a test bed, and guarantee the legitimate rights of Taiwanese people as required by law, while strengthening cross-strait cooperation in new industries, the financial industry and other modern service industries in order to create the image that the goals of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement [ECFA] are being implemented and that cross-strait economic cooperation is being consolidated. The second direction is to expand exchanges between different sectors and strengthen cooperation in non-economic areas, which is the reason for the calls for a cultural ECFA.

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