Taiwan's economy ruined by 3 presidents with law degrees: Han Kuo-yu

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Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) / CNA file photo

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) / CNA file photo

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Taiwan's economy has been crippled by three presidents who were all law graduates of National Taiwan University (NTU), Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) claimed Sunday.

Han was referring to former presidents Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), and incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

All three were NTU law graduates, and Taiwan's economy and competitiveness tanked after their terms, he contended.

Han, who is currently on a nine-day visit to the United States, made the remarks during an economic forum in Los Angeles Saturday while answering a question from the audience.

The sharp criticisms drew media attentions back in Taiwan.

Han said he realized that Taiwan has not improved over the past two decades after he made a trip to Singapore, Hong Kong and Macao.

He urged Taiwan's politicians to strive for the benefit of the people and not for the pursuit of power.

Ma's office, however, rebutted Han's claim, citing several tough challenges the country overcame during his term from 2008 to 2016, including the global financial crisis in 2008-2009.

(By Lin Hung-han, Wang Cheng-chung and Emerson Lim)

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