University head set to be next Taiwan premier: Media

Taiwan president-elect's move has been seen as planting the seeds of a technocrat government.

University head set to be next Taiwan premier: Media
Taiwan president-elect Ma Ying-jeou has picked a university chancellor and former National Science Council director to lead his cabinet, local media said on Wednesday, a move seen as planting the seeds of a technocrat government.

Liu Chao-shiuan, 65, current chancellor of the private Taipei-based Soochow University and a transportation minister in the 1990s, has all but clinched the premier's job, mainstream newspapers and TV stations said.

Ma won the March 22 presidential race by a landslide to replace Chen Shui-bian, whose cabinet has been tainted by scandals that have forced the resignation of multiple premiers, many of whom had only local governing experience.

A representative of Ma's campaign said a decision had not been formally announced but did not deny the media reports.

Ma has said he aims to do more for the economy, including forming closer trade and transit ties with China.

Beijing has regarded self-ruled Taiwan as its own since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949 and threatened the use of force, if necessary, to take it back.

But Taiwan investors have poured more than $100 billion into China, where they are lured by a common language, lower labour costs and a potentially huge consumer market.

Analysts call Liu more of a technocrat than a politician.

"He has a lot of experience in government," said George Tsai, a political science professor at Chinese Culture University in Taiwan. "I think he's more like a technocrat. As far as I can remember, he has no political enemies at all."
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