President pushing online diplomacy through tweets

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/18/2020
By: Yeh Su-Ping, Lu Hsin-hui and Kay Liu

President Tsai Ing-wen. (CNA file photo)

Taipei April 18 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) saw the number of her Twitter account followers surge past 1 million earlier this week as the social media platform has become a tool to strengthen Taiwan's participation in the global community, she said Friday.

"Taiwan wants to engage with the world. And social media gives us a free, open platform to enter the global conversation. Pandemics have no borders. But fortunately for us, social media transcends distance as well," Tsai said in a pre-recorded video released on Twitter on Friday.

She said her Twitter milestone came "at a unique and unprecedented time in history. Social media…helps Taiwan connect with the world."

"Coming together and sharing our stories reminds us that we are not alone. We will get through this. And we will do it together" said Tsai, in the video that also showcased Taiwan's efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed the desire of the country and its citizens to help in the international community.

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