Tsai sworn in as Taiwan's 1st female president

TOKYO, May 20 (KUNA) — Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in as Taiwan’s first female president on Friday, pledging to maintain communication with China, the Taipei-based Central News Agency reported. In her inaugural speech after the swearing-in ceremony to begin her four-year term, Tsai, 59, said it is her responsibility to safeguard the sovereignty and territory of Taiwan.
“We will work to maintain the existing mechanisms for dialogue and communication across the Taiwan Strait. Regarding problems arising in the East China Sea and South China Sea, we propose setting aside disputes so as to enable joint development,” she said.
“The two governing parties across the Strait must set aside the baggage of history, and engage in positive dialogue, for the benefit of the people on both sides,” Tsai noted. She also stressed that the new administration will pursue a new economic model for sustainable development based on the core values of innovation, employment and equitable distribution. “The first step of reform is to strengthen the vitality and autonomy of our economy, reinforce Taiwan’s global and regional connections, and actively participate in multilateral and bilateral economic cooperation as well as free trade negotiations,” she noted.
Tsai, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party, led the party to victory in the presidential and legislative elections in January. She began her political career in 2000 when she took over as the head of the Mainland Affairs Council. (end) mk.gta

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