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China-based group plans support for Ma’s re-election

Staff Reporter, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou gestures during a speech at the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Central Standing Committee meeting in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: CNA

A Taiwanese association based in China is planning to launch a support group in Taipei for President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) next month in preparation for the presidential election in January.

The Association of Taiwan Investment Enterprises on the Mainland (ATIEM) said the group would support Ma’s re-election campaign, help maintain cross-strait relations and facilitate development of Taiwanese businesses in China.

Further details will be discussed at an association meeting in Beijing tomorrow, a member said.

The focus will be on plans to help Ma, of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), get re-elected, distribute campaign responsibilities and set up the group’s structure and functions, the member said.

The support group will comprise more than 100 ATIEM members across China, the association said.

To ensure smooth operations, the association’s regional heads in areas such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Xiamen, where many Taiwanese businesses are located, will form a committee of roughly 30 members, it said.

The committee will meet regularly after the ATIEM’s monthly meetings, the association said.

In other news, Premier Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), yesterday accused Ma’s main rival in the election, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), of only being good at providing visions, but failing to follow through with actions.

On Tsai’s remarks that the government lacks plans and visions on issues such as globalization and income inequality, Wu said he agreed with most of Tsai’s comments to the extent that they applied to the former DPP government, but that the situation had changed after Ma assumed the presidency three years ago.

Accusing Tsai of failing to implement her vision during her stint as deputy premier under the former DPP government, Wu, who has been tapped by Ma as his running mate in next year’s election, said it was under Ma’s governance that “people’s dreams become tangible.”

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