President Tsai Ing-wen says the government will not bow to pressure from China. The president was speaking Friday at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Formosa TV. The network was founded and is operated by Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party.
In her remarks, the president referred to Panama’s decision this week to switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The move is the latest by China to isolate Taiwan on the world stage.
“We have always stood firm on Taiwan’s independent sovereignty. Even in the face of the greatest challenges from outside, we will press on and not bow to pressure. There are challenges both within and outside the country. Although criticism and questioning make it challenging for us to govern, I still have confidence in Taiwan’s development," said Tsai.
Tsai said that as the president of Taiwan, she will shoulder all pressure.
The president also called for unity and public support for the various reforms her administration has pushed over the past year. They include pension reform, economic restructuring, long-term care, social housing, transitional justice, ill-gotten party assets and a large-scale national infrastructure plan.