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Presidential Southern Office opens in Taiwan

2017/03/10 23:02:07

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, left) and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊). Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung Information Bureau

Kaohsiung, March 10 (CNA) Taiwan's Presidential Southern Office was inaugurated in Kaohsiung City on Friday as part of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) campaign to balance the country's uneven north-south development.

The plan would be to bring balance to the economic, cultural and political developments between Taiwan's northern and southern regions, Tsai said at the inaugural reception.

"The government cannot let itself be planted in the north and look at the world from Taipei alone," the president said.

The office would also serve as an ideal place to hold meetings and discussions with academics and politicians in the south, she added.

Tsai also thanked Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) and her government for making the southern office possible.

Chen, who was with Tsai at the inaugural reception, expressed her gratitude to the president and on behalf of the people in Kaohsiung.

The notion of setting up a southern office was brought up by Tsai's administration last year. In October, the decision was eventually made to set up the president's southern office in an unused office space on the third floor of the Kaohsiung City Government Fongshan Administration Center.

Commenting on concerns that the office might create additional budget or staff, Tsai responded that the allocated space is totally free.

"This office space has been provided free of charge courtesy of the Kaohsiung city government," she explained.

According to Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺), the office was borrowed from the Kaohsiung City Government to serve as a platform for meetings with politicians and guests in the south.

Also, a plan to set up another office in central Taiwan for President Tsai is under discussion, Huang said.

(By Chang Che-fon, Lu Hsin-huei and Ko Lin)