By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, June 4 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) urged China to treasure those among its people who seek democracy, saying that it can earn more respect from around the world by allowing its people to enjoy more political rights, on the 27th anniversary of the June 4th, 1989 bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing.
In a similar move, former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who stepped down two weeks ago, also called for China to hear diverse voices from the people and treat dissidents well, which he said will help Beijing win respect from the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the international community.
In a carefully-worded post on her personal Facebook page Saturday, Tsai said that she did not mean to criticize China’s political system “but rather I am willing, with heartfelt sincerity, to share Taiwan’s experience in democratization.”
This was Tsai’s first comment on the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 as president of Taiwan, after she took office on May 20. [FULL STORY]