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Tsai Ing-Wen

Platform (noun)– a declaration of the principles and policies adopted by a political party or a candidate

Last week Taiwan elected its first female president, Tsai Ing-Wen. Although I didn’t vote (no absentee ballot back home), I was asked if I was pleased with the election results. I had to admit that I only knew the general pro-independence position that Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party held and not much about the specific platform that she ran on.

According to an Al Jazeera article, Tsai’s platform included the following in no particular order.

  • Building 200,000 rental-only units of affordable public housing within the next eight years
  • Providing consumers the origins of food, list of additives, and other relevant information
  • Proposing community wellness centers equipped with elderly day care, meal services, and transportation
  • Creating jobs through public childcare centers

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