Taiwan president Tsai vows to deepen global collaboration in defending freedom, democracy

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President Tsai Ing-wen vows to strengthen collaboration with global partners to defend freedom and democracy during a video address for the opening of the Global Taiwan Institute Annual Symposium from the Presidential Office Oct. 5 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of PO)

TAIPEI, (Taiwan Today) – President Tsai Ing-wen said October 5 that the government is committed to working with like-minded partners worldwide to defend freedom and democracy.

China’s persistent military activity undermines the Taiwan Strait status quo and encroaches upon Taiwan’s sovereignty, Tsai said. Irresponsible action by the authoritarian state also threatens peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, endangering air and maritime safety and global trade.

Tsai made the remarks during a video address at the Global Taiwan Institute Annual Symposium in Washington from the presidential office in Taipei City.

Based on history and current events, threats against any one country or region translate, directly and indirectly, to increasing threats against its neighbors, Tsai said, adding that global solidarity is key to countering authoritarian expansion, safeguarding democracy and addressing shared challenges.

This spirit of solidarity is hampered by the exclusion of Taiwan from the UN system, Tsai said. Experts, journalists and students from the country are denied access to UN meetings, including last month’s general assembly, and the country is barred from participation in other specialized agencies such as the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization, she added.

The people of Taiwan, like all other people, deserve the opportunity to be heard and to contribute, Tsai said. The inclusion of Taiwan in the UN system can only benefit global welfare, she added.

Despite these barriers to international participation, Taiwan will continue to work with like-minded partners to advance development and prosperity, Tsai said. Support from allies and friends around the world who have spoken up at the UN and other venues for the country’s international participation is deeply appreciated, she added.

Taiwan is a reliable and responsible stakeholder in the rules-based international order, Tsai said. This is evidenced by the donation of over ten million face masks to the US alone during the pandemic and around 580 tons of supplies and US$45 million in aid to help Ukrainian refugees following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, she added.

Tsai took the opportunity to thank the US, the Group of Seven industrialized nations and the country’s friends around the world for condemning China’s military provocation. She also expressed gratitude to the Biden administration and members of congress from both sides of the aisle for upholding the US commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances.

GTI, established in 2016 in the US capital, is a think tank aiming to promote greater understanding of Taiwan and its people through targeted policy research and engagement programs.

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