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Lai Ching-te takes office as Taiwan’s president, calls for peace and dignity in relations with China

Lai Ching-te was sworn in as Taiwan’s president, calling on China to cease intimidation and embrace peace. He emphasized Taiwan’s strategic importance and urged cooperation under terms of equality. Lai highlighted Taiwan’s democratic progress and the ongoing tensions with Beijing.

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TAIWAN: Lai Ching-te was sworn in as Taiwan’s new president on Monday in a ceremony held at the historical Japanese-colonial-era presidential office in central Taipei. Lai, succeeding Tsai Ing-wen after her eight-year tenure, addressed the increasing tensions with Beijing in his inaugural speech.

China, which regards Taiwan as a province, has labeled the 64-year-old Lai a “dangerous separatist.” This designation comes amidst escalating military activities around Taiwan and stern rhetoric from Beijing insisting on “reunification” as inevitable.

In stark contrast, Lai’s speech highlighted Taiwan’s strategic significance and called for peaceful coexistence.

He urged China to halt its “political and military intimidation” and embrace dialogue and cooperation with Taiwan under terms of equality and mutual respect.

“The future of Taiwan is not only crucial to its people but also to global stability,” Lai stated, stressing the importance of a collaborative effort to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait and the wider region.

He also reminded his citizens of the stark realities of China’s stance, cautioning against any illusions of an easy resolution to their differences.

Lai’s address, rich with references to democracy, also looked back at Taiwan’s evolution from authoritarian rule to a robust democracy, with the first direct presidential elections in 1996 marking a significant milestone.

“The sovereignty of the Republic of China Taiwan lies in the hands of its people,” Lai affirmed, drawing cheers from the audience.

His vice-president, Hsiao Bi-Khim, who has previously served as Taiwan’s top envoy to Washington, joined him in taking the oath of office. Both are members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), known for its staunch advocacy for Taiwan’s sovereignty.

Despite the pressures, Lai expressed a desire to reopen tourism and other bilateral interactions with China, contingent on respect and cooperation.

The inauguration witnessed significant international support, with delegations from over a dozen countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia.

Notably, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended, reflecting strong international backing for Taiwan.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken extended his congratulations to Lai, expressing anticipation for strengthened ties and continued peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Simultaneously, in a show of the ongoing tensions, China announced sanctions against three US arms manufacturers for their dealings with Taiwan.

Lai also acknowledged domestic challenges such as housing, the wealth gap, and cost of living pressures, committing to infrastructure improvements.

His presidency begins with strong public support, although the DPP now faces a reduced majority in the legislature.

 

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A very brave man…standing up to the mainland …china …
Good luck and all the best to you and the taiwanese people…
Taiwan is a beautiful place, different from Hongkong or the mainland
…its more or less akin to Japan…clean too.

Last edited 22 days ago by PowerToThePeople

Unlike the Chinese in this red dot, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the famous and celebreties of Korea and Japan do not shamefully give themselves AngMoh names.

Not a single korean and Japanese famous personality gave himself any western names.

No wonder the chinese in the west are despised by the whites.

How the hell many people buy China’s demand Taiwan is part of China.

Unorthodoxly it reasons the same breath, China is and should be part of China.

Concept of size is might should not hold water – David took on Goliath and slained him.

One must get to think beyond boxes.

Pretending to be Opposing isn’t going to work. We know you and Loong and China counterpart are all together playing different roles. The three bare bears ain’t going to be apart.

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