By: Chen Wei-ting, Lu Tai-cheng and Emerson Lim
The population will record negative growth should the number of new born babies continue to decline, placing Taiwan in danger of "national extinction," Gou said at a press conference for the launch of the H. Spectrum & Merck Innovation Lab in Taipei.
Gou pledged to boost the birth rate by shouldering the cost of bringing up children until the age of six if elected president next year, during the second televised platform presentation forum held by the KMT in Taichung on Saturday.
The business tycoon, whose net worth of US$7.7 billion makes him the richest man in Taiwan and 257th worldwide, said he will present details on his program to solve the population problem at the next platform presentation set to be held Wednesday in Taipei. [FULL STORY]