Tsai: Taiwan hopes China can move toward democracy

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 03 June, 2019
By: Natalie Tso

President Tsai Ing-wen (right) speaks with the leader of a visiting delegation of activists (CNA photo)

President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan hopes that China can move toward democracy and respect for human rights. Her comments came Monday when speaking to a delegation of democracy activists who are visiting Taiwan on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Incident.

Tsai said that this year is also the 40th anniversary of the Kaohsiung Incident in Taiwan. Both incidents involved activists calling for democracy. The president said that Taiwan chose the path of freedom and democracy. But she said that although China has made progress economically, there are still many limits there when it comes to freedom and human rights.

Tsai said that Taiwan’s ruling party — the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) — was born out of the Kaohsiung Incident 40 years ago. The road to democracy was not easy, she said. But the party will continue to work to achieve the ideals of its founders and enact transitional justice in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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