By: Shih Hsiu-chuan
Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday proposed for the
first time the “Four Musts” as the basis for moving relations between Taiwan and China in a positive direction, and she vowed to establish mechanisms to safeguard Taiwan’s national security.
China must recognize the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan), respect the values of democracy and freedom Taiwan’s 23 million people hold dear, resolve cross-Taiwan Strait differences in a peaceful and equitable manner, and sit down with the government of Taiwan or an institution with a mandate from the government, Tsai said.
“These ‘Four Musts’ are the vital bases for positive development of cross-strait relations,” Tsai said in a New Year’s Day speech Tuesday.
New Year’s Day speeches have been a tradition for presidents in Taiwan, but this was Tsai’s first speech given at the beginning of a new year since taking office in May 2016. [FULL STORY]