By: Lu Hsin-hui, Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low
Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on Saturday that Taiwan faces a more uncertain international situation in the first half of 2017, but assured the people of Taiwan that the nation has the strength needed to deal with such challenges.
Changes in U.S. policy under the incoming administration of Donald Trump are likely to change the international situation and Taiwan will need to face the uncertainty that follows, Tsai said at a press conference held on New Year’s Eve.
“In the first half of next year, we will focus on dealing with changes in the international situation. The government will work to maintain peace and stability, and will actively seek out more opportunities to contribute to the international community,” she added.
Meanwhile, changes are also taking place in the region and across the Taiwan Strait, she said, apparently referring to recent moves by China, including the dispatch of military aircraft and a small flotilla of navy vessels into areas adjacent to Taiwan, as well as Beijing’s decision to resume diplomatic relations with Sao Tome and Principe after the west African country terminated formal ties with Taiwan. [FULL STORY]