President Tsai Ing-wen traveled to Yilan County on Tuesday for an early National Day celebration. There, she took to the stage and took a look back at how Taiwan has fared over the past year.
This year, Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan was chosen to host the annual National Day party. The party took place Tuesday evening, the night before National Day.
At the event, President Tsai Ing-wen reflected on Taiwan’s successes this year. She said that Taiwan’s athletes brought home good news from this year’s Asian Games, where the national team had its best showing in 20 years.
The president also spoke about good economic news, including news of more foreign direct investment. She said the government has also raised salaries for military personnel, public servants and teachers, and also raised the minimum wage.
Tsai also looked at the government’s efforts to solve problems over the past year. She spoke about work towards tax reform and justice in housing as well as efforts to fight drugs and ensure that children and seniors are cared for. Tsai said that the government has also rolled out an infrastructure plan.
Tsai spoke about efforts at linguistic equality. This has included listing indigenous languages and Hakka as national languages. It has also included putting minority languages into the school curriculum.
Tsai said that while Taiwan faces many challenges, there is no challenge the country can’t overcome.