The Times of India
Date: October 10, 2020
By: SD Pradhan
President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen’s National day address was delightful, pleasurable and well-balanced address that was without any acrimony. It was a contrast from what is coming out from the CCP-led Chinese spokespersons. The ability to get past over continuing attacks on its ADIZ, territorial waters, crossing of the Taiwan Strait’s sensitive mid-line as also CCP’s abuses was indeed a powerful mark of her maturity. It is all the more creditable that she did not react to the advisory sent to the Indian media or any of the adverse remarks of the Chinese officials or leadership.
President Tsai Ing-wen focussed on important aspects of the developing situation. She mentioned right, in the beginning, the problems faced because of the pandemic. The people there cooperated and that helped in checking the spread of the pandemic. Taiwan’s pandemic control performance has been widely covered in international media. She mentioned that Taiwan had sent pandemic prevention to several countries.
She explained that due to the ability of the nation to control the pandemic, Taiwan was able to maintain positive economic growth. She told that Taiwan had prepared for economic development in the post-pandemic era, proactively planning and promoting its core Strategic Industries. Significantly highlighting the importance of the signing of a Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Finance and Market Building Cooperation with US, she announced the intention of jointly participating in infrastructure projects in the Americas and the Indo-Pacific region. She also stated that Taiwan would fully and comprehensively participate in supply chain reorganization, noting that the rapid dismantling and realignment of global supply chains is now irreversible. This indicated her realistic assessment. She disclosed Taiwan’s plan to deepen reforms and eliminate obstacles to create an environment and legal structure to attract international capital and talent. [FULL STORY]