Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen takes swipe at mainland China in Lunar New Year ‘blessing’ of democracy

Island’s president says her commitment to democracy may not be understood in some places

South China Morning Post 
Date: 04 February, 2019

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took a swipe at mainland China’s lack of freedom in a

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

message to mark the start of the Lunar New Year on Tuesday, saying she hoped ethnic Chinese all over the world could experience the “blessing” of democracy.

Self-governed Taiwan is China’s most sensitive issue and is claimed by Beijing as its territory under its one-China policy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stepped up pressure on the island since Tsai, from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, became president in 2016.

He kicked off 2019 with a speech reiterating that Beijing reserved the right to use force to bring Taiwan under its control, although it would strive for peaceful “reunification”.

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