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The Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) hosted a roundtable, featuring Dr. Ing-Wen Tsai (third from right, front row) in Los Angeles on January 16, 2006.  Currently, Dr. Tsai is the President of Taiwan and the Chairperson of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan).  ITS Chairman Wencheng Lin (first from left. front row), ITS President Adolf Huang (standing behind Dr. Tsai) and the scholars from USC, UCLA, UCI, Rand Corp., ITS and other invited guests attended the session.
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In an interview with Liberty Times, President Tsai talked about her Administration

On November 12, 2016, Liberty Times (LT), interviewed President Tsai In-wen at Presidential Building in Taipei.   This is the first interview by media, since Tsai took over the office in May.  The reports asked 121 questions.  The first part is related to US general election and the future of relations with Washington.  The second part is about Tsai administration team and the policies aimed at reviving the nation’s economy.   The first question is ”Were you surprised by the outcome of the US elections ?”  Tsai replied “For any ruling party there should not be the question of surprises as it should always be prepare for any contingency.  Throughout the process of the US elections, we had contingency plans prepared because it is not an issue of choosing sides or betting on the wrong horse.  A political leader should be ready to deal with all possible outcomes.  It is just like how we handled the ruling by the permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague on the South China Sea dispute: we were prepared with different possible courses of action.”  The eighth question is “Your administration has been in office for nearly six months now.  As the president, how do you evaluate its performance?”  President Tsai gave a lengthy reply.  Tsai said “We are trying to address basic economic and social issues. And this expands political capital, which is risky for politicians.   At the conclusion of a successful presidential campaign, voters pf course have high expectations of the elected candidate, but as the task of governance begins, there is a period of lower approval ratings.  Dealing with problems inherited from the previous administration is the hardest task for this government and confronting them might involve changing things at a basic level, such as making structural adjustments to the economy, which is a time-consuming task and it is difficult to see short-term results.  When building a house, laying the foundations is bound to be messy and noisy.  However, to have a sturdy and comfortable house, the foundation must be laid with patience and care.  This is where we are now”.   Tsai further explained “As a leader, it is a matter of course for me to constantly re-examine the team for gaps that should be filled and adjustments that should be made.  We assess the team as a whole and make adjustments for specific tasks under specific circumstance”.  Other questions are related to Trump’s Asian policies, TPP, Status Quote, US-Taiwan arms deals, foreign trade policies, and improvement of economy.




























Posted: November 17, 2016
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