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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou’s election platform

Prepared by Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

Economy

■ Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership within 10 years.

■ Obtain a GDP growth rate of 4.3 percent this year.

■ Sign free-trade agreements or economic pacts with major trading partners, including Singapore and New Zealand.

■ Promote local brands in the global market, so that the total value of 20 major brands reach US$21 billion by 2020.

■ Further open local markets and relax regulations to make Taiwan a gateway to Asia-Pacific markets.

Cross-strait relations

■ Sign a peace agreement with China within the next decade with strong domestic support and supervision from the legislature, and hold a referendum to determine whether such a pact should be signed.

■ Move toward a new level of cooperation with China on global issues, such as food safety, public health, humanitarian aid, green energy and climate change.

■ Maintain the cross-strait “status quo” under the “three noes” policy — no unification, no independence and no use of force.

■ Maintain to the (so-called) “1992 consensus” in promoting cross-strait relations.

■ Consolidate the sovereignty of the Republic of China, build up Taiwan’s strength and establish long-term peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

National security/foreign policy

■ Build up military capabilities and maintain military readiness to prevent war.

■ Continue defense and security cooperation with the US to maintain sufficient defense capabilities.

■ Create a barrier-free travel environment for international visitors.

■ Play the role of peacemaker, provider of humanitarian aid, promoter of cultural exchanges, creator of new technologies and business opportunities, and standard-bearer of Chinese culture in the international community.

■ Work to meet the standards of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

■ Further adopt liberalization and internationalization in a variety of areas, including foreign investment, talent recruitment, the running of corporations and innovation in science and technology.

Finance/taxation

■ Introduce reasonably priced for-sale and rental housing units nationwide starting next year.

■ Gradually implement a taxation system based on the actual price of real-estate transactions.

■ Push for legislation on an energy tax and adjust the structure of the energy industry.

■ Encourage energy conservation and the reduction of carbon emissions.

■ Reduce the budget deficit to 1.6 percent of GDP in the next fiscal year.

Government reform

■ Trim the number of ministries and councils from 37 to 29 to streamline government operations.

■ Ensure that government abides by ethical guidelines and attains a high level of efficiency.

■ Improve the ranking of the nation in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, in which it is currently in joint 32nd place.

■ Continue with existing measures in the fight against corruption and achieve “four noes” — no desire to be corrupt, no need to be corrupt, no opportunity to be corrupt and no daring to be corrupt.

■ Promote a “lay judge system” to enable professional judges and non-specialized members of the public to jointly engage in the hearing of trials as part of judicial reform.

■ Establish judicial protection centers at each district prosecutors’ office to handle grievances as cases proceed through the judicial system.

Nuclear energy

■ Run comprehensive trial operations and meet all safety requirements before beginning operations at the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, which is expected to start commercial operation in 2016.

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