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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s election platform

Prepared by Chris Wang  /  Staff Reporter

Economy/trade

■ Promote an employment-oriented and knowledge-based economy rather than a GDP-centered economy.

■ Develop local economic sectors with local historical and cultural characteristics to create jobs.

■ Seek to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership and negotiate with major trade partners on signing free-trade agreements.

■ Readjust Taiwan’s industrial structure and create new and strategically important sectors.

■ Base salaries should be adjusted regularly according to productivity and prices.

■ Improve the working conditions and rights of temporary workers, though government agencies should not be allowed to hire temporary workers.

Cross-strait relations

■ “Reserving the right to disagree while seeking harmony and seeking agreement in a spirit of conciliation” is the central theme of Tsai’s China policy.

■ Advocate a “Taiwan consensus,” which Tsai says is a democratic process that excludes no outcomes. She refuses to recognize the existence of the so-called “1992 consensus.”

■ Establish a cross-strait framework to forge peaceful and stable interaction that is strategically and mutually beneficial.

■ Carefully review the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) and proceed with negotiations under the WTO framework.

■ Conduct a thorough review of Chinese investment and encourage local businesses to focus activities and job opportunities in Taiwan.

■ Establish a sound supervisory mechanism to ensure fair competition and the transparency of Chinese banks in Taiwan.

■ Promote civil society exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.

National security/foreign policy

■ Engage with the international community by upholding the universal values of freedom, democracy and human rights.

■ Strengthen the strategic partnership with the US.

■ Strengthen cooperation with Asia-Pacific countries, Japan in particular, to maintain regional stability.

■ Develop a strong military capability to safeguard Taiwan’s peace and stability.

■ Reaffirm Taiwan’s advantage as a maritime nation, improve management of maritime resources and promote multilateral dialogue.

■ Advance foreign diplomacy using Taiwan’s soft power to attract international support.

Finance/taxation

■ Establish a macroeconomic early-warning system for financial crises.

■ Establish a supply chain providing short, medium and long-term funding to satisfy corporate needs.

■ Prevent overcentralization and monopolization of financial institutions to protect consumer rights.

■ Cut the national debt of NT$1.3 trillion (US$42.9 billion) in half in four years and achieve fiscal balance in eight years. Halt the growing national debt-to-GDP ratio to achieve “zero debt growth.”

■ Introduce a property transaction income tax based on real transaction prices.

■ Replace tax incentives with investments or funding to improve industrial competitiveness.

■ Expand the fiscal power of local governments and adopt a fairer distribution of national tax revenue among local governments.

■ Introduce a “green tax” system.

Government reform

■ Lower the threshold for constitutional amendments and referendums.

■ Reform the legislative electoral system.

■ Enact a proposed political parties bill and prohibit parties from operating and investing in businesses, directly or indirectly.

■ Advance transitional justice by restoring historical facts, releasing historical documents and returning illegally seized party assets.

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