Chen Shui-bian

former president of Taiwan

Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁; chén shuǐ biǎn; born October 12, 1950), Taiwanese politician, has been the President of the Republic of China from May 20, 2000 to May 20, 2008.

Chen Shui-bian

Pet PhrasesEdit

  • Is it that serious?
  • I'm going to improve the economy in Taiwan!
  • Is A-bian wrong? (Chen is colloquially referred to as A-Bian)



  • 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
  • In the future I will focus on improving the economy, making big changes to win back the support from the public.
    • DPP Campaign speech, December 7, 2002


  • The most important task in my term is to improve the economy.
    • During his campaign for re-election, April 12, 2003
  • I would like to use this opportunity to emphasise again the determination of the government to work with the private sectors to improve the economy.
    • During the opening of Longan Season in Nantau, August 30, 2003


  • To improve the economy is not just a slogan, it requires tangible actions!
    • During the opening of the Formosa Freeway, January 11, 2004
  • Every member in my government team is improving the economy of Taiwan.
    • November 19, 2004


  • I have to admit that I cannot lie to myself nor to anyone else. I cannot do what I am not able to do. I am not able to change the name of the country to the Republic of Taiwan during my presidency term, and the ex-president Lee Teng-hui also could not do it during his twelve-year as the president. I believe that even if he was the president now, he could still not be able to do it.
    • During the video conference with some MPs of EU parliament, March 1, 2005
  • After my son get married, finally I can focus on improving the economy of Taiwan
    • During the engagement party of his son, June 11, 2005
  • After KMT elects its leader, we can together start to improve the economy of Taiwan.
    • June 27, 2005
  • After the end of the year election and the set up of the second National Economic Development Advisory Conference, I shall start to improve the economy.
    • November 1, 2005


  • In my remaining term of around two years, I shall improve the economy in full force!
    • During the meeting with his supporters from Hwalien, April 8, 2006
  • The son of Taiwan is the cattle of Taiwan.
    • Chen refers to himself as the son of Taiwan, and this means he will work hard on the economy issues like a farm cattle, September 9, 2006


  • 錢是乾的,是不能洗;錢是乾淨的,沒有髒,是不需要洗."
    • Money is dry, it cannot be washed; money is clean, not dirty, it does not need to be washed.

Regarding to improving the economy in TaiwanEdit

  • I will improve the economy. At least, I think I can.

Regarding to setting up the new constitution and independence of TaiwanEdit

  • I just cannot declare the independency of Taiwan. Even if Lee Teng-hui was the president now, he could also not do it! (During Sanlih News Channel interview, 2005)
  • All the problems in Taiwan are caused by a lack of adequate and new constitution of Taiwan.

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