Date: May 20, 2016
President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in May 20 as the 14th Republic of China (Taiwan)
president in Taipei City, vowing in her inauguration address to build a better country for the younger generation and a united, efficient and pragmatic democracy for generations to come.
Addressing more than 20,000 people from home and abroad outside the Presidential Office, Tsai affirmed Taiwan’s role as a staunch guardian of peace. We will work to maintain peace and stability in cross-strait relations utilizing existing mechanisms for dialogue and communication across the Taiwan Strait, she said.
“By existing political foundations, I refer to a number of key elements. The first element is the fact of the 1992 talks between the two institutions representing each side across the strait, when there was joint acknowledgement of setting aside differences to seek common ground. This is a historical fact.
“The second element is the existing ROC constitutional order. The third element pertains to the outcomes of over 20 years of negotiations and interactions across the strait. And the fourth relates to the democratic principle and prevalent will of the people of Taiwan.” [FULL STORY]