Taiwan a paragon of democracy and freedom for all ethnic Chinese: Premier Lin

  • Date: 2016-10-09
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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Taiwan  not  only  boasts  outstanding  economic  performance  and  impressive  achievements  in  promoting  freedom  and  democracy,  but  is  also  the  first  democratic  country  in  the  ethnic  Chinese  world,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  today  at  a  national  day  celebration.  Nevertheless,  he  said,  instead  of  complacency,  Taiwan  should  continue  working  to  improve  its  society.

The  premier  accompanied  President  Tsai  Ing-wen  to  the  activity  hosted  by  the  Overseas  Community  Affairs  Council  to  celebrate  the  Republic  of  China’s  105th  National  Day,  which  falls  on  October  10.

The  premier  pointed  out  that  the  nation  has  been  facing  numerous  challenges  over  the  past  few  years  including  the  global  economic  downturn,  lackluster  domestic  economic  growth,  a  widening  gap  between  rich  and  poor,  a  dwindling  birthrate  and  demographic  aging,  issues  that  will  require  vision,  planning,  and  step-by-step  measures  to  bring  about  change.

To  resolve  these  long-standing  structural  problems,  the  Executive  Yuan  has  specified  “innovation,  employment  and  equitable  distribution”  as  the  guiding  principles  for  Taiwan’s  future  economic  development  based  on  President  Tsai’s  administrative  blueprint,  the  premier  said,  adding  that  pension  reforms  and  a  long-term  care  service  system  are  also  being  promoted  to  further  consolidate  the  nation’s  social  security  network.

Turning  to  industrial  policies,  the  premier  said  the  government  is  currently  promoting  five  major  innovative  industries—biomedicine,  an  Asian  Silicon  Valley,  intelligent  machinery,  green  energy  technology  and  national  defense—planning  to  cooperate  with  the  private  sector  to  promote  the  cluster  effect,  which  in  turn  will  help  spur  industrial  upgrading,  create  more  jobs  and  raise  national  income.

As  for  global  competition  for  top  talent  and  the  domestic  brain  drain,  the  premier  said  the  government  is  working  to  relax  the  relevant  regulations,  building  a  friendly  environment  to  retain  talent,  and  providing  more  incentives  to  attract  foreign  talent  and  overseas  ethnic  Chinese  students  to  work  and  live  in  Taiwan.

As  part  of  the  government’s  New  Southbound  Policy,  Taiwan  youth  are  encouraged  to  seek  employment  or  internships  at  Taiwanese  enterprises  operating  in  the  Association  of  Southeast  Asian  Nations  (ASEAN)  and  South  Asian  countries,  while  colleges  and  universities  are  encouraged  to  set  up  branches  overseas  to  help  ASEAN  and  South  Asian  countries  cultivate  local  talent,  the  premier  said.  He  also  expressed  hope  that  Taiwan  will  have  more  opportunities  to  collaborate  with  these  countries  on  economic  and  trade  cooperation,  talent  exchanges,  resource  sharing  and  regional  connectivity.

Premier  Lin  also  called  on  overseas  ethnic  Chinese  communities  and  Taiwanese  businesspeople  to  offer  Taiwan  more  support,  increasing  their  investments  or  setting  up  companies  here,  and  building  more  connections  with  Taiwan  in  terms  of  overseas  experiences,  professional  capabilities,  human  relations  and  business  channels.  Taiwan  also  welcomes  the  children  of  overseas  compatriots  and  Taiwanese  businesspersons  to  return  to  Taiwan  for  studies,  employment  and  settlement,  he  said.

Under  President  Tsai’s  leadership,  the  premier  said,  the  entire  administrative  team  will  keep  working  hard  for  Taiwan  citizens  in  a  humble,  pragmatic  and  proactive  manner.  Hopefully  overseas  compatriots  and  Taiwanese  businesspeople  can  continue  standing  firm  behind  the  government  in  its  endeavor  to  build  the  Republic  of  China  in  Taiwan  into  a  paragon  of  democracy  and  freedom  in  the  ethnic  Chinese  world,  he  said.