„We must actively engage in regional economic integration, as Taiwan is an island with few natural resources and a relatively small economy. Taiwan had signed very few free-trade agreements in the past. How can we not be in a hurry to catch up?“
— Ma Ying-jeou
Ma Ying-jeou (2014) cited in: " President seeks support for liberalization policies http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/01/02/2003580319" in Taipei Times, 2 January 2014. Statement made during 2014 New Year's Day address in commenting Taiwan's fallen economic performance behind many other countries, 1 January 2014.