President Tsai Ing-wen says that the world cannot ignore Taiwan’s existence, despite pressure from Beijing. Tsai was speaking Tuesday while meeting with young volunteers set to go abroad this summer with Taiwan’s Youth Overseas Peace Corps.
Over 1,000 volunteers are participating in this year’s program. Teams are set to serve in 23 countries, providing assistance in areas such as medicine, education, information technology, and environmental protection.
Tsai said that all of the fields covered by the program are areas in which Taiwan can make the greatest international contribution. Taking medicine as an example, she said that Taiwan has sent medical teams to assist its diplomatic allies.
She also said that Taiwan’s recent inclusion as a full-fledged member of the ICH, an international council on pharmaceutical regulations, shows that Taiwan’s medical soft power has been recognized.
Tsai said that Taiwan has consistently shown its value through action, and that the volunteers will help raise Taiwan’s profile further. She said that despite Beijing’s efforts to suppress Taiwan on the international stage, the country will continue to reach out.