By: Elaine Hou and Sophia Yeh
Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) was named one of the global thinkers of
2016 by the U.S.-based Foreign Policy magazine, an honor that Taiwan’s Presidential Office said was shared by the people of Taiwan.
Tsai was listed in the decision-makers category of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2016” for not kowtowing to China, according to the magazine.
In its citation, Foreign Policy said that since Tsai took office in May as Taiwan’s first female president, she has made the island’s sovereignty a top, albeit controversial, priority.
“Distancing her administration from the pro-China stance of her predecessor, she has cozied up to Japan by brokering a mechanism to deal with maritime disputes, dropped charges against locals who protested against a Taipei-Beijing trade pact, and reversed school syllabus changes that emphasize links to the mainland,” the magazine said. [FULL STORY]