FOREIGN RELATIONS:The closure of the Fiji Trade and Tourism Representative Office and Vietnam signing a missive with China highlight President Tsai’s failures
Date: May 19, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
The National Policy Foundation — a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) think tank —
yesterday criticized President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration, saying that it made a U-turn on a pledge to reduce the nation’s economic reliance on China, misrepresented numbers of tourists visiting the nation and suffered diplomatic setbacks in its first year in office.
KMT Legislator Ko Chih-en (柯志恩) told a news conference in Taipei that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) accused the administration of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) during Ma’s time in office of “leaning toward China and selling out Taiwan” over the nation’s high economic reliance on China, but the trade surplus with China has risen from minus-11.5 percent to 9.4 percent since Tsai took office.
The trade surplus has driven the nation’s economic reliance on China from 37 percent to 40 percent, Ko said. [FULL STORY]