By: Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in as president of Taiwan Friday, becoming the first female leader in the nation’s political history.
Much attention has turned to Tsai’s inauguration speech, in which her cross-strait policy has drawn much international coverage, and will inevitably be scrutinized by Chinese leadership.
The newly inaugurated president wrote much of her own inaugural address, and put emphasis on five key aspects: economic transformation, social safety net, social justice, regional stability, and global issues.
During her speech, Tsai spoke of the new government’s cross-strait agenda, which was to “maintain the existing mechanisms for dialogue and communication across the Taiwan Strait.”
Concerns have been raised over the omitted “one-China” framework in her speech, as well as the mentioning of the “1992 Consensus” as the meeting between the two sides that reached “joint acknowledgements and understandings, and that she “respected such historical fact.” [FULL STORY]