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President organizes Taichung event to mark inauguration

Staff writer, with CNA

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has scheduled an event on May 20 at China Medical University in Greater Taichung to mark the sixth anniversary of his inauguration, the Presidential Office said yesterday.

The choice of a university campus represents Ma’s intention to focus on issues of concern for young people during his address on Tuesday, the office said.

It added that the choice of China Medical University as a venue is significant because the school has the potential to develop international treatment capabilities under the proposed free economic pilot zone project being pushed by Ma’s government.

The president is set to give an address and hold a press conference. He also plans to interact with the school’s students, the office said.

The speech will reportedly focus on young people’s concerns and solicit their opinions on current policies through a question-and-answer session.

After the student-led Sunflower movement protesting against the government’s handling of the cross-strait service trade pact ended its occupation of the Legislative Yuan on April 10, Ma has attended a series of “young citizens forums” held by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and has met with young entrepreneurs to hear a wide range of opinions from the country’s youth, the office said.

Ma originally planned to hold last year’s inauguration anniversary at National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in southern Taiwan, but he canceled the event due to heavy rain in the region.

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