Chen Shui-bian
Chen Shui-bian is a former Taiwan
Taiwan , also known, especially in the past, as Formosa , is the largest island of the same-named island group of East Asia in the western Pacific Ocean and located off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The island forms over 99% of the current territory of the Republic of China following...

ese politician who was the 10th and 11th-term President of the Republic of China
President of the Republic of China
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 from 2000 to 2008. Chen, whose Democratic Progressive Party
Democratic Progressive Party
The Democratic Progressive Party is a political party in Taiwan, and the dominant party in the Pan-Green Coalition. Founded in 1986, DPP is the first meaningful opposition party in Taiwan. It has traditionally been associated with strong advocacy of human rights and a distinct Taiwanese identity,...

 (DPP) has traditionally been supportive of Taiwan independence
Taiwan independence
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, ended more than fifty years of Kuomintang
The Kuomintang of China , sometimes romanized as Guomindang via the Pinyin transcription system or GMD for short, and translated as the Chinese Nationalist Party is a founding and ruling political party of the Republic of China . Its guiding ideology is the Three Principles of the People, espoused...

 (KMT) rule in Taiwan. He is colloquially referred to as A-Bian (阿扁; Ābiǎn; Taiwanese: 阿扁仔 A-píⁿ-à).

Chen entered politics in 1980 as a lawyer during the Kaohsiung Incident
Kaohsiung Incident
The Kaohsiung Incident also known as the Formosa Incident, the Meilidao Incident or the Formosa Magazine incident was the result of pro-democracy demonstrations that occurred in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on December 10, 1979....

, Chen entered politics as a member of the Tangwai
The Tangwai movement was a political movement in the Republic of China in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. Although the Kuomintang had allowed contested elections for a small number of seats in Legislative Yuan, opposition parties were still forbidden...

 movement and was elected to the Taipei City Council in 1981.

Is it that serious?

I'm going to improve the economy in Taiwan!

I shall set up National Economic Development Advisory Conference to improve the economy in Taiwan (During the official speech of his first anniversary of presidency, May 19, 2001.)

After I improved our foreign affairs, I shall improve the economy in Taiwan.(CKS Airport, June, 5, 2001)

Now my daughter's wedding is finished, I shall improve the economy in Taiwan. (During his daughter's wedding banquet, September 27, 2001)

I will improve the economy in Taiwan with full force! (DPP Campaign speech, November 5, 2001)

The new government will have three major improvements. It is time to improve the economy in Taiwan. (Speech to the World Federation of Taiwanese Associations, March 17, 2002)

The government will improve the economy in Taiwan with full force. (Speech to the Rotary Club, May 12, 2002)

Now I am a grandfather, I am very content. I can focus on improving the economy in Taiwan now. (After his daughter gave birth to his grandson, October 7, 2002)