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Tsai Ing-wen discusses DPP industrial and national defense policies

2015/09/05 19:28:30

Tsai Ing-wen (left)

Kaohsiung, Sept. 5 (CNA) Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman and presidential candidate of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), said on Saturday that her DPP administration would use the national defense budget to promote the development of defense-related technologies in such fields as aeronautics, submarine building and information security, if she wins the presidential election next year.

Tsai made the remarks while meeting with supporters from engineering circles in southern Taiwan on Saturday.

She said that the DPP believes domestic industries can play a more important role in national defense, suggesting for example that the shipbuilding industry in Kaohsiung could build warships and share related technology with the private sector.

Speaking on the need for an economic stimulus, Tsai said the government should undertake more public infrastructure projects to create more employment opportunities.

To upgrade the nation's industrial structure, she suggested government industrial policy should focus on information and communication technology, green technology and industries related directly to people's livelihood, including natural disaster prevention, agriculture and marine technology.

(By C.F. Cheng and Lillian Lin)