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No U-turn on Losheng, Jiang says

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Jiang said he supports conserving the remaining buildings at the sanatorium as laid out in the 530 plan as the preservation of an historical site ensures that future generations understand its particular history.

“Even the construction of the depot, right next to the sanatorium, will leave traces of history, that an issue arose here that is the tension between economic development and historical preservation, which would be worthy of our descendants’ remembrance,” he said.

On other topics, Jiang said the downward revision of GDP growth in the first quarter to 1.54 percent, from an earlier forecast of 3.26 percent, “came as a bit of surprise,” but he remains optimistic that GDP growth for the whole year could exceed 3 percent.

Jiang also said he is determined to overhaul the cash-strapped pension system to ensure the funds’ future solvency “for next generation.”

The Cabinet-proposed reform of the labor pension system, that sees most workers who retire after 30 years of service receive a monthly pension of less than NT$20,000, has been met with indignation, with labor groups taking to the streets yesterday to voice their opposition.

In response, Jiang termed the proposal a “moderate reform.”

“If you’re asking me if the reform will cause unbearable grief, then I don’t think so,” he said.

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