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Tsai calls for Ma to stop placing her quotes out of context

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday called for President Ma Ying-jeou to refrain from quoting her words out of context and misinterpreting them.

Tsai made the remarks after Ma this Wednesday quoted a speech she made last year in Singapore. Tsai dubbed Taiwan a “free island” in her speech, saying that the label would be able to fully realize Taiwan's strategic value in the Asia-Pacific region. After quoting Tsai, the president asked whether there was a difference between Tsai's words and the Free Economic Pilot Zones that are ready to be launched now?

Tsai has previously said that the pilot zones are not a solution for Taiwan's economy.

The chairwoman released a statement early yesterday, saying that she has placed much emphasis on the three aspects of the “free island ideology” when she delivered the speech: the free economy, diverse cultures and democratic rule. Her point, Tsai said, was to indicate that Taiwan has prioritized a free economy too much. “(Taiwan) does not put much importance on its diverse cultures and the democratic rule. How would Taiwan be able to stand its ground in Asia in future?” Tsai asked.

The free island ideology is one dedicated to the equal development of three aspects; the goals are not based on the same level as President Ma's, said Tsai.

“I have emphasized in my speech that, in order for Taiwan to become a truly free economy, the country should be pushing for overall free trade and investments with other countries. We should be 'the world's Taiwan,' not 'China's Taiwan.'”

It is crucial for Taiwan to adjust its economic structure based on a larger scope and introduce new economic energy, said Tsai.

“I must formally remind President Ma to refrain from quoting out of context, and to understand the meaning behind my words before quoting them ... most of all, not to use these misused quotes to hide the fact that the pilot zones are the result of a mixed batch of policies and a wrong example,” the chairwoman concluded.

The KMT Hits Back

The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) refuted Tsai's accusation that Ma had quoted her wrongly. “Our Chairman Ma has quoted almost the entire speech made by DPP Chairwoman Tsai, there should be no issue of him quoting her out of context,” said KMT spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信).

Tsai's criticism does not hold true, said Chen, who stressed that Ma has indeed quoted Tsai and did not miss out the said three aspects of the free island ideology.

Ma was indicating that Tsai's direction in boosting Taiwan's economy did not differ from the KMT's, said Chen.

“What Tsai has mentioned in the past is exactly what the government is working for right now, and what the pilot zones are aiming at,” Chen pointed out.

June 13, 2014    Mordrake@
Tsai does not care if she ends up putting Taiwan's economy on a par with Cambodia.

Her policy is simply "adopt the opposite policy of whatever the KMT implements, even if the KMT's policies are good ones".

The trouble with that is, IF any of their policies happen to be good ones - then - durh! - the opposite ones are going to be BAD. Doesn't take a genius to work that one out. But, hey, its all about power - the DPP want that first before they can think about citizen's livelihood. And once they've got power - well - what's the incentive to adopt sensible policies? - They still can't bring themselves to condemn Chen Shui Bian for having his nose in the trough.. And no doubt they'll want some of that too, if the people are stupid enough to return them to power.
June 13, 2014    Boogurtwang@
Hard to take a statement 'out of context' when it is completely lacking in sensible context from its beginning.
June 14, 2014    piawliangjohny@
Look what was happening now... students rally.. Even burn the Taiwan flag, put the flag upside down... who was the head of all this movements ..only GOD know and those official who wants Taiwan to be humiliated on time of President Ma terms... Why not find solution how to improve Taiwan help each other although they have different opinion let the people of Taiwan decide not them... Who are they anyway... they were elected by the people so they should respect the citizen of Taiwan not how to be popular in any means of destruction. We Respect the Laws but how if the law itself is corrupted by those powerful politicians. We know there are many good judges out there and there should be no above the law at any level whether rich powerful and poor..Taiwan has fought war, shed their blood to have our Taiwan flag raise to the highest level. Now another policy huh....
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