Tsai’s Inauguration: How China and the World Reacted

The News Lens
Date: May 20, 2016
By: Edward White

Tsai Ing-wen was today sworn in as the new president of Taiwan.

For Taiwan, the day was historic on many counts. The country has its first female president. IMG_0285It also now has in power a reform-pledging leader with a massive mandate for change and a majority in the legislature.

At the inauguration in Taipei this morning, a calm and mostly quiet crowd of thousands sat or stood, listened and watched, occasionally clapped in support, as a new era in Taiwan politics and cross-strait relations began.

What Tsai said

Tsai’s inaugural address clearly laid out the magnitude of the challenge facing the new administration.

Almost every facet of society was covered: from the need to overhaul the pension, education, childcare and judicial systems, to reshaping and repositioning a struggling economy while protecting the environment and lifting youth wages.

Tsai also committed to a transitional justice process to address the crimes of Taiwan’s past, and she signalled greater autonomy for the island’s indigenous population.     [FULL  STORY]

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