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April 29, 2017

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Cheers and jeers at first anniversary of premier

TAIPEI--An industry group gave high marks for the performance of Premier Jiang Yi-huah upon the first anniversary of his inauguration yesterday, while the opposition camp lashed out at the poor performance of Jiang's administration on the economic front.

Lei Tsu-kang, chairman of the Council for Industrial and Commercial Development, said that Jiang's administrative team is devoted to its work and gave it 90 points out of a possible 100 points for performance.

Lei made the remarks during a seminar with the premier, during which Jiang listened to suggestions on economic policies.

In contrast, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said that Jiang's financial team fared poorly over the past year.

DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien pointed out that while Jiang promised in 2013 that economic growth would reach 4 percent and the jobless rate would be reduced to 4 percent, he failed to deliver on both promises.

He noted that Taiwan's economic performance was the lowest among the four Asian dragons, while the youth jobless rate climbed, salary levels were reduced to those of 14 years ago, the number of low-income households set a new high, investment in Taiwan shrank, and the nation's financial straits continued to worsen.

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