World leaders are watching with glee as Tsai Ing-wen takes her turn as Asia’s Wonder Woman.
The News Lens
By: Stellina Chen
Fresh off humiliating November 2018 regional election losses which saw President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) resign as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson, Taiwan’s leader has started off 2019 with a bang.
Tsai gave a clear and forceful policy speech on New Year’s Day, just before Chinese leader Xi Jinping made the indecent proposal of offering Taiwan governance under a Hong Kong-style “one country, two systems” framework.
Tsai, often accused of vacillating on cross-Strait matters in the past, wasted no time in issuing a strong rejection of Xi’s offer. Her determination won her plaudits among Taiwanese of all political orientations along with policymakers across the globe. Naturally, this included Taiwan’s 17 remaining formal diplomatic allies, such as Belize:
Belize strongly supports Taiwan to safeguard its sovereignty and democracy, and to have its voice heard in the international community.#StandWithTaiwan #SpeakUpforTaiwan