President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday told Taiwanese expatriates in Hawaii that she would not accept China’s “one country, two systems” framework as long as she is president.
Tsai, who was making an overnight stop in Hawaii on the return leg of her eight-day Oceans of Democracy visit to Palau, Nauru and the Marshall Islands, made the remark at a banquet attended by American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty, former AIT chairman Raymond Burghardt, Hawaii House of Representatives Speaker Scott Saiki, Hawaii Senate Majority Leader Kalani English and others.
She was greeted at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu by Moriarty, Representative to the US Stanley Kao (高碩泰) and Hawaii Governor David Ige.
Every president says they want reform, but only she has had the “foolish courage” to push for pension reform, a social safety net, economic transition, energy development and other initiatives, Tsai said at the banquet.
In the past, relying on China was the solution, but now, Taiwan is expanding into more diverse markets, she said.
While some argue that Taiwan should go back to relying on the Chinese market, Tsai said she believes that Taiwan is doing better now, as it does not rely on a single market.
Taiwan has engaged with many democratic nations, and “almost no one has given us a political framework” to follow, she added.
At the beginning of the year, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) proposed a “one country, two systems” framework for Taiwan — but as long as she is president, she would not accept it, Tsai said.
She said Taiwan and the US have made progress in their relations because the US has confidence in Taiwan and believes it is a reliable partner and would not bow to external pressure.
Taiwan is willing to make greater contributions to the overall development of democracy, regional prosperity and collective security in the Indo-Pacific region, Tsai added.
Tsai was yesterday scheduled to speak with the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, via video and visit the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the Hawaii National Guard’s disaster prevention center.
Sources had said Hawaii Adjutant General Arthur Logan would be accompanying Tsai on the visit.
SEE HIGH ON PAGE 8
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT: A US Air Force KC-135 tanker came less than 1,000 feet of an EVA plane and was warned off by a Taipei air traffic controller, a report said A US aerial refueling aircraft came very close to an EVA Airways jet in the airspace over southern Taiwan, a military aviation news Web site said. A report published by Alert 5 on Tuesday said that automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast (ADS-B) data captured by planfinder.net on Wednesday last week showed a US Air Force KC-135 tanker “coming less than 1,000 feet [305m] vertically with EVA Air flight BR225 as both aircraft crossed path south of Taiwan” that morning. The report included an audio recording of a female controller from the Taipei air traffic control center telling the unidentified aircraft that it was
A series of discussions on the legacy of martial law and authoritarianism are to be held at the Taipei International Book Exhibition this month, featuring findings and analysis by the Transitional Justice Commission. The commission and publisher Book Republic organized the series, entitled “Escaping the Nation’s Labyrinth of Memory: What Authoritarian Symbols and Records Can Tell Us,” to help people navigate narratives through textual analysis and comparisons with other nations. The four-day series is to begin on Thursday next week with a discussion between commission Chairwoman Yang Tsui (楊翠), Polish-language translator Lin Wei-yun (林蔚昀), and Polish author and artist Pawel Gorecki comparing
MOVING OUT: A former professor said that rent and early education costs in Taipei are the nation’s highest, which makes it difficult for young people to start families The population of Taipei last year fell to the lowest in 23 years due to high rent, more transportation options and the expansion of northern cities into a single metropolis, academics and city officials said on Monday. Data released this month by the Ministry of the Interior showed that the capital was home to 2,602,418 people last year, down 42,623 from 2019. The decline is second only to 1993, when the population fell by 42,828 people, while Taipei’s population was the lowest it has been since 1997. Taipei saw the biggest drop among the six special municipalities, while Taoyuan led the group in
A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has entered the South China Sea to promote “freedom of the seas,” the US military said yesterday, as tensions between China and Taiwan raise concerns in Washington. US Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement that the strike group entered the South China Sea on Saturday, the same day Taiwan reported a large incursion of Chinese bombers and fighter jets into its air defense identification zone near the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島). The US military said the carrier strike group was in the South China Sea, a large part of which