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Ma achieves 64% of campaign promises: Cabinet

TAIPEI--President Ma Ying-jeou has fulfilled almost 64 percent of the policies laid out in his manifesto when he was first elected in 2008, according to a report released by the Cabinet yesterday to mark Ma's sixth year as president.

Of the 414 policies listed in Ma's policy white paper during his first presidential term, 264 have been realized, while 142 of the 147 currently being implemented have yielded initial results, the report said.

The other three policies were cancelled due to a change of circumstances, it added.

Between 2010 and 2013, the government signed eight economic agreements with China, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore and managed to resume talks with the United States under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, the report noted.

Meanwhile, 20 companies so far have decided to set up operations in the free economic pilot zones planned near six seaports and one airport in Taiwan, with a net investment of NT$1.67 billion, the Cabinet said.

Since Taiwan opened its doors wider to Chinese tourists in July 2008, there have been 7.04 million Chinese visitors to Taiwan in tour groups, bringing in NT$355.1 billion in tourism revenue, according to the report.

It noted that as of May 2014, Taiwan had gained visa-free treatment for its citizens for travel to 140 countries worldwide.

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