NO ‘CONSENSUS’:The president acknowledged talks in 1992 found common ground, but did not explicitly endorse the ‘1992 consensus’ as Beijing demanded
Date: May 21, 2016
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
Transforming the nation’s economic structure; improving the social safety net; social fairness
and justice; regional peace and stability and cross-strait relations; and the diplomatic and global challenges Taiwan faces were the five main points President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) talked about in her inauguration speech yesterday.
Acceptance of the so-called “1992 consensus,” which Beijing had been trying to browbeat Tsai into acknowledging in the speech, was not mentioned.
After Tsai and Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) were sworn in at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, Tsai delivered her inauguration speech, first lauding “the democratic institutions of this country, which have allowed us to accomplish Taiwan’s third transition of political power through a peaceful electoral process.”
Democracy and the people were the main themes throughout the speech that followed.
The future of the nation lies with the younger generation and “to change young people’s predicament is to change the country’s predicament,” she said. [FULL STORY]