ROC Pres­i­dent Dr. Tsai Ing-wen de­liv­ers in­au­gu­ral ad­dress

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On May 20, 2016, Dr. Tsai Ing-wen of the Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party was in­au­gu­rated as the 14th-term Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan). In her ad­dress at the in­au­gu­ral cer­e­mony, Pres­i­dent Tsai laid out her vi­sion for Tai­wan's fu­ture and elab­o­rated on the pol­icy goals of her ad­min­is­tra­tion.

With re­gard to the ROC's for­eign pol­icy, Pres­i­dent Tsai stressed her de­sire to bring Tai­wan closer to the world while up­hold­ing the universal val­ues of peace, free­dom, democ­racy, and hu­man rights. Tai­wan will con­tinue to deepen re­la­tion­ships with friendly democ­ra­cies in­clud­ing the US, Ja­pan, and Euro­pean na­tions. It will also proac­tively par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion, as well as free trade ne­go­ti­a­tions such as the TPP and RCEP and will con­trib­ute to fos­ter­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Pres­i­dent Tsai stated her ad­min­is­tra­tion's com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity, em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of fos­ter­ing closer eco­nomic links with other Asian coun­tries. As part of this com­mit­ment, Pres­i­dent Tsai an­nounced a new south­bound pol­icy to broaden ex­changes in such ar­eas as tech­nol­ogy, cul­ture and com­merce, and ex­pand Tai­wan's ties with ASEAN and In­dia.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the 1992 cross-strait talks -with their spirit of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and po­lit­i­cal at­ti­tude of seek­ing com­mon ground while set­ting aside dif­fer­ences - and the sta­ble and peace­ful cross-strait de­vel­op­ment that has taken place since then, Pres­i­dent Tsai called for positive di­a­logue for the ben­e­fit of both sides of the Tai­wan Strait.

As for eco­nomic pol­icy, Pres­i­dent Tsai said her ad­min­is­tra­tion will pur­sue a new eco­nomic model for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment based on the core val­ues of in­no­va­tion, em­ploy­ment and eq­ui­table distri­bu­tion, aim­ing to lever­age Tai­wan's mar­itime econ­omy, high-qual­ity hu­man re­sources, strong en­gi­neer­ing cul­ture, well-de­vel­oped in­dus­trial chain, nim­ble small and medium en­ter­prises and re­lent­less en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit.

In her ad­dress, Pres­i­dent Tsai also touched on var­i­ous do­mes­tic is­sues, such as pen­sion and ju­di­cial re­form, long-term care mech­a­nisms, and tran­si­tional jus­tice. She ex­plained the need to en­hance prospects for young peo­ple, and pledged to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

ROC Pres­i­dent Dr. Tsai Ing-wen.

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