President Tsai Ing-wen says pressure from China will not change Taiwan’s determination to raise its profile in the global community.
President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday met scholars from the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.
Tsai said there have recently been changes in the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea and the Korean peninsula. But she said Taiwan is a responsible member of the global community and has been working hard to maintain cross-strait status quo to ensure peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
Tsai said it is regrettable that China has continued putting pressure on Taiwan. The president cited China’s unilateral launch of new flight routes in the Taiwan Strait, and its sending military aircraft and warships around the island. Beijing is also forcing the private sector in other countries to change Taiwan’s official name on their websites. The Chinese government has also repeatedly blocked Taiwan’s attempts to join or take part in international organizations.
Tsai said Taiwan will continue working with the United States and other countries which share Taiwan’s values to make contributions to regional peace, prosperity and stability.
The president thanked the United States for its support over the past two years, calling the country Taiwan’s most important strategic and trading partner.