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
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”.