By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen on
Tuesday promised a first step toward autonomy and a government apology to indigenous peoples if she wins the presidential election.
At the presentation of two DPP candidates for legislative seats representing the indigenous population, she said that she would offer the apology and that during her first term, she would help the cause of autonomy take a huge first step forward.
The practice of autonomous rule would include own finances, land rights and an organization structure, the opposition leader said. Taiwan needed to share responsibility for the many sacrifices the indigenous population bore over the centuries they lived on the island as its original inhabitants, according to Tsai. [FULL STORY]