TRADE FOCUS:The president said that a peaceful political scene is needed for market stability, while ruling out deals with China could be fatal for the economy
Date: Jan 22, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday said that the word “caretaker” was
not in his dictionary, brushing aside calls to leave important decisions to a new administration, while promising to forge ahead on several regional trade agreements.
Following the elections on Saturday last week, which saw the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) win the presidency and legislature in a landslide, DPP officials have called for Ma’s administration to serve as a caretaker government, deferring important decisions to president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).
However, at an economic forum on Asian economic growth at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, Ma said that reviving economic growth and dealing with the slump in exports that followed the European debt crisis were global problems, while finding a new competitive edge for the economy was the inescapable responsibility of any Taiwanese leader. [FULL STORY]