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Tsai praises Yilan development, Thailand democracy

The China Post--Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen yesterday praised Yilan County Magistrate Lin Tsong-shyan's (林聰賢) report on how the 2011 Yilan International Children's Festival would provide tourists with a five-star experience of the county.

At the party's Central Standing Committee meeting yesterday, Tsai said she was so pleased to have a "five-star magistrate" like Lin within the DPP; one who is not only in tune with the public's needs, but can also clearly identify in what the direction the county government should invest and develop.

When Lin assumed his post in 2009, Tsai said, he wanted desperately to throw the children's festival in Yilan. Despite the 44-day time constraint, the county magistrate was able to successfully organize a wonderful festival.

"Even an adult like me had fun," Tsai remarked, adding that with more planning this year, the 2011 Yilan International Children's Folklore & Folk game Festival would be even better.

Although Yilan County is lacking in large industrial developments, Tsai touted the region as providing a very "pure panorama of Taiwan."

While the construction of the Hsuehshan Tunnel more closely linked Taipei and Yilan and effectively boosted tourism to the county, Tsai charged that the merging of counties and cities to five municipalities has overlooked places like Yilan.

Tsai promised that if she is elected president next year, she will kick-off a redistribution of national financial resources so that areas not included in the five municipalities may have equal budgets for their future economic development.

Another report at the meeting concerned how the recent Thailand elections, a peaceful event that showed the opposition party winning majority seats, would affect local policies. Tsai pointed out that many new immigrants to Taiwan were from Thailand, and that the DPP was very pleased with the peaceful election, which was emblematic of a democratic society.

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