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Tsai vows to defend the nation

UNITY:The president called on political party leaders to discuss issues such as constitutional reform and finding the nation’s place in the international community

Staff writer, with CNA

Among the commitments she mentioned were transforming the nation’s economy and industrial structure, investing in infrastructure, reforming the tax code, expanding long-term care services and reforming the pension and judicial systems.

Tsai, who is also chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party, invited political party leaders to exchange views on constitutional reform and other issues, such as safeguarding the nation’s democracy.

Present at the National Day ceremony were Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), New Power Party Executive Chairman Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) and Republican Party Chairwoman Hsu Hsing-ying (徐欣瑩).

Tsai said the issues she spoke about in the speech, including domestic reforms, safeguarding the nation’s democracy and freedom and finding a place for the nation in the international community, “all also require that Taiwan come together.”

“I hereby formally invite the leaders of our political parties to meet to discuss issues of concern. As long as we are united, we can show the world the pride we take in our democracy, freedom and prosperity,” Tsai said.

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