Promoting a secure society, guaranteeing national security, deepening democracy and rejecting the “one country, two systems” formula for Taiwan were the main arguments in President Tsai Ing-wen’s speech when she took office on May 20.
“I will reinvent Taiwan and lead our country into the future,” the president said, noting that over the next four years she will focus on developing the country’s industry, fostering a secure society, ensuring national security and deepening democracy through institutional reforms.
On cross-strait relations, she said peace, parity, democracy and dialogue are the keys to relations between the two sides, but rejected the “one country, two systems” formula proposed by the Beijing authorities and reiterated her commitment to “maintaining the status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
Tsai revealed that he will continue the struggle for participation in international organisations and strengthen ties with allied countries, such as the United States, Japan and European countries, among others, in addition to participating “more actively in regional cooperation mechanisms”.
President Tsai, of the Democratic Progressive Party, was re-elected in January 2020 with a 57 percent majority.