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President vows to enhance defense, aid young people

GREAT EXPECTATIONS:Tsai said she hoped one day young people would realize that she is working to realize society’s shared values, albeit slower than they would like

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

She said she hoped that one day, young people would realize that their leader has always endeavored to realize the shared values of Taiwanese society, despite doing so at a pace not to their satisfaction.

Turning to cross-strait issues, Tsai said that despite China’s increasingly frequent military activity in the region, she believed its leader is a “rational decisionmaker” who has never considered taking military action against Taiwan.

Although high-level communication across the Taiwan Strait has been suspended since her inauguration in May last year, Tsai said she hoped to cooperate with Beijing in tackling air pollution.

“Air pollution is not about politics, because it concerns the health of everyone. We think this issue is suitable for further cross-strait communications,” she said.

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