Tsai courts Taichung voters with vow to upgrade budget, development, quality of life

The China Post

By Enru Lin–Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said yesterday that the administrative revisions that created the Greater Taichung region last December did not include any substantive upgrades. Greater Taichung can expect positive changes in its budget, quality of life, and infrastructure development if the DPP is elected, said Tsai. Tsai made inroads yesterday into the traditionally pan-blue Greater Taichung — Taichung County and Taichung City — as part of her 11-day campaign trip. The itinerary began with “Little Ing’s Appointment with the People” (旅中同鄉與小英有約), a forum discussion at Taichung City’s DPP headquarters. Tsai continued with a stop at the Wanhe Temple (萬和宮). “If we win Greater Taichung, we win Taiwan,” Tsai told campaign supporters, a reiteration of the party’s view that central Taiwan is pivotal to the January elections. Tsai promised substantive upgrades to Greater Taichung, including the strengthening of regional transportation networks and industrial development.

Greater Taichung is potentially the window of Taiwan, Tsai said. The central government under the DPP would stimulate research and development and step up funding with an eye toward catapulting Greater Taichung’s precision engineering industry to global acclaim. Tsai also expressed support for relocating the Legislative Yuan to Greater Taichung, and for housing future government agencies in the region.