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

Prepared by Chris Wang  /  Staff Reporter

■ The president would take a primary role in judicial reform, which would highlight the protection of human rights, civic participation and a mechanism for the removal of judicial officials.

Agriculture

■ Advocate a “new agriculture movement” to promote the importance of agriculture and the sustainability of farmland.

■ Improve food self-sufficiency and ensure 120-day emergency stockpiles of major agricultural produce.

■ Establish a NT$100 billion agricultural fund to encourage young people with technological expertise and innovative marketing skills to work in the sector.

■ Establish traceability and a place-of-origin labelling system, and promote organic agriculture.

■ Minimize supply-and-demand imbalances with regular monitoring and countermeasures, including a “95 percent mechanism.”

■ Increase subsidies to cover as much as half of the cost of agricultural produce damaged in natural disasters.

Technology

■ Development of technology should include cultural and innovation elements to promote the development of local industries and improve public, environmental and food safety.

■ Advocate a “nuclear-free homeland” initiative to phase out nuclear power by 2025 by decommissioning the nation’s three nuclear power plants and preventing the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant from becoming operational.

■ Improve power-generation efficiency and use alternative energy sources.

■ Advance an energy tax, eliminate subsidies for industries with high carbon emissions and high energy consumption.

■ Adjust industrial policies that have over emphasized northern Taiwan to create employment nationwide.

■ Encourage state-owned and private businesses to take the lead in research and development instead of the government.

■ Establish a sustainable green economy based on “clean technology,” encouraging energy conservation and carbon reduction.

■ Develop local research and development capabilities for domestic military technology.

Education

■ Implement a 12-year compulsory education program.

■ Ensure education quality and equal opportunities.

■ Establish a public childcare and child education system.

■ Adjust the ratio of public and private higher-education institutions with a long-term goal of more than half of students attending public institutions.

■ Promote smaller classes, schools and school districts in elementary and secondary education.

■ Adjust curricula to highlight local languages, art, history and literature in the spirit of holistic education.

■ Promote recurrent education and lifelong learning.

Environment

■ Enact national land planning and national land restoration laws, and conduct a complete assessment of national resources.

■ Restore the ecological path of the Central Mountain Range and develop Aboriginal community economies.

■ Develop sustainable agriculture based on environmental preservation.

■ Integrate the management of water, land and forestry resources.

■ Increase civic participation in the environmental impact assessment system.

■ Reduce industrial pollution and carbon emissions.

■ Promote protection biological diversity and related education..

■ Strengthen government preparation in the areas of disaster relief, mitigation and prevention.

Culture

■ Advocate a decentralized policy of cultural development.

■ Preserve Taiwan’s cultural diversity, in particular the languages of various ethnic and Aboriginal groups, by enacting a cultural development standard law to protect the constitutional rights of different cultural groups.

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