Time Magazine publishes interview with Tsai

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President Tsai Ing-wen is seeking a second term in office.

As Taiwan’s 2020 presidential campaign enters its final stretch, Time Magazine has published an interview with incumbent candidate President Tsai Ing-wen.

 

In the wide-ranging interview, Tsai speaks about Taiwan-US ties, cross-strait affairs, and her belief in Taiwan’s need for a firm leader.

 

Tsai was asked whether she is concerned about the possibility that US President Donald Trump could use Taiwan as a bargaining chip in his dealings with China.

 

Tsai responded that US support for Taiwan has never been stronger. She said that Taiwan enjoys bipartisan backing and support in both the US’ legislative and executive branches of government. She said US support for Taiwan is not only motivated by economic factors, but also by a concern for freedom and democracy and by regional strategic concerns.

 

Tsai was also asked about Taiwanese voters’ desire for better ties with China while also retaining Taiwan’s autonomy, sovereignty, and way of life.

 

Tsai said she believes that if Taiwanese people are asked to choose between these two, they will opt to preserve their freedom and sovereignty.

 

Tsai also said that as protests in Hong Kong continue, Taiwan needs a resolute leader who can be firm on important issues and give voice to the inner feelings of Taiwanese people.

News Source:RTI
Editor:John Van Trieste