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Chen Fu-Hai: Kinmen’s Future Development Depends on the Support of and Assistance from Central Government Policies

Chen Fu-Hai: Kinmen’s Future Development Depends on the Support of and Assistance from Central Government Policies
2016/03/10
Reporter: Yang Shui-Yung / Jinning Township

Premier Simon Chang yesterday led officials of the Executive Yuan on his first visit to inspect a local construction, and chose Kinmen as his destination. Premier Chang and Governor Lin Tsu-Chia of Fujien Province used their visit to Kinmen to express their support for developing Kinmen and Matsu! Kinmen County Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai said in a sentimental tone of voice that many developments and constructions in Kinmen will depend on the support of and assistance from central government policy, and that the county government and township mayors will work even harder for the well-being of Kinmen residents!
Premier Chang arrived in Kinmen by a special jet yesterday morning, and was accompanied by Magistrate Chen throughout his entire visit. He inspected the construction for buying water from China, mini three links and port constructions, and progress of Kinmen Bridge. During the welcoming lunch party held by Kinmen County Government for Premier Chang, he said that Kinmen should not hesitate to address any problems it may have, and they will give it a good beginning to put things on track, so there will be no excuses afterwards. They must do things right!
During the lunch party, Magistrate Chen said he was very glad when he heard that Premier Chang was going to visit Kinmen, and that he welcomed the premier with a heart of gratitude and cherish. He also specially thanked President Ma Ying-Jeou, because Kinmen’s developments today would not have been possible without President Ma Ying-Jeou’s support and thankful heart to Kinmen. Magistrate Chen pointed out that Taiwan may have different opinions of President Ma, but he reiterated on behalf of Kinmen residents: “these major developments in Kinmen would not have been possible without President Ma.” In response to the concern showed by many friends for Kinmen, Magistrate Chen once again said: “Kinmen only has these constructions because of President Ma’s thankfulness and giving back!”
Premier Chang, who has never been to Kinmen before, said that there have been some personnel changes after the election, and described how former Minister Tu Tzu-Chun of the National Development Council assumed the position of vice premier, as well as how Lin Tsu-Chia assumed the position of minister of the National Development Council and governor of Fujian Province. In terms of the system, Premier Chang still believes that it is better for the minister of the National Development Council, which oversees the Offshore Island Development Fund, to concurrently hold the position of governor of Fujian Province, because it will allow the Offshore Island Development Fund and budgets to be coordinated with necessary policies, which is very important. This is why Premier Chang asked Lin Tsu-Chai to accept the position of governor of Fujian Province. He also asked Lin Tsu-Chai to visit Kinmen and Matsu, telling the residents that the governor has changed through an actual visit, and using action to express their support for Kinmen and Matsu’s development!
Premier Chang said that after assuming the position of premier, besides inspecting the post disaster situation in Southern Taiwan, today was the first time he left the Executive Yuan to inspect local constructions, and he chose Kinmen. He also said that he had never been to Kinmen before, and even though his remaining term was short and the governor was also replaced with only two to three months left, he and Lin Tsu-Chia said that they must at least visit a locality to see if there were any issues with funding or policy, and use this opportunity to make adjustments. He said: “we must finish somethings, but must also start others, and those that follow will have no reason not to continue!”
Magistrate Chen pointed out that the key role and important position of Kinmen in cross-Strait peace and economic affairs was established by the high-level cross-Strait affairs meeting held by Minister Andrew Hsia of the Mainland Affairs Council in Kinmen in May last year, so he specially thanked Minister Hsia and Governor Lin Tsu-Chia. He also thanked Minister Chen Chien-Yu of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for visiting Kinmen every three months to inspect the progress of Kinmen Bridge, which is a major construction of Kinmen that the central government is greatly concerned about, so Kinmen County Government treats the construction of Kinmen Bridge very seriously.
The construction for buying water from China concerns Kinmen’s future tourism and economic development. Magistrate Chen indicated that the water buying agreement signed with China was only completed with the assistance of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Water Resources Agency. Magistrate Chen quoted Premier Chang that Kinmen could not possibly develop without water and electricity, so he specially thanked the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Water Resources Agency for their support.
Yesterday was the first time Premier Chang ever visited Kinmen and Magistrate Chen welcomed him to bring his family next time. After all, Kinmen is a good place. Magistrate Chen guaranteed to Premier Chang that they had the capability, especially after so many years of efforts, and with the support of Kinmen residents, he hoped the county government and township mayors will work together to achieve the vision of making Kinmen an island of happiness and city of dreams!
Furthermore, Magistrate Chen mentioned that he and the new Legislator Yang Chen-Wu successfully helped all Kinmen residents and travelers, who were stuck in Kinmen because of the dense fog, return to Taiwan before the end of the Chinese New Year holidays, using military and civilian aircrafts and sea transport under the concern of President Ma and support from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, allowing them to return to their work. They successfully completed an impossible mission.

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  • Date:2016-12-08