The China Post
Date: October 11, 2016
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Tsai Ing-wen gave her first National Day speech on Monday, placing the
emphasis on domestic reforms and calling for cross-strait talks but warning that Taiwan would not give in to Chinese pressure.
In her speech, titled “Forging Ahead: Achieving Reforms to Make the Country Great,” Tsai followed the pattern of her inaugural speech, leading with domestic issues before delving into international and cross-strait topics.
Tsai, speaking outside the Presidential Office, first addressed the plight of the nation’s youth, saying they faced prohibitive housing costs and other economic challenges.
“This is the first time that all of us in this country can sit down together, and truly reflect on what sort of country we wish to leave to our young generation. We must not let this opportunity slip from our grasp. The power to decide is in the hands of this generation.”
Reaffirming her administration’s social housing policy, she said, “Our goal is clear: to create quality job opportunities for our young people, and to elevate their salaries.” [FULL STORY]