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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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President Tsai Ing-wen was reelected in Taiwan’s presidential election


On January 11, Taiwan’s voters sent a strong message to the world.  The democracy can defeat Chinese threat.   President Tsai of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the election by a landslide.  Tsai received 8,170,231 votes (57.13%), while her opponent Han Kuo-Yu of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) received 5,522119 votes (38.61%) only.  The third candidate James Soong received less than 5% of votes (608,590 or 4.26%).   There are 17,226 polling stations nationwide.  The voting took place between 8am and 4pm.  The vote counting begun immediately with the closing of voting process.  Each polling station reported the results to the Central Election Committee.   By 6pm, It clearly showed that Tsai led Han with a wide margin.  Han conceded defeat sometime around 8pm.  In her victory speech, Tsai pledged to do more and do better in her second term.   Tsai also said that regardless of whom they voted for, it is an implementation of democratic values.   In addition, Tsai said that her administration would continue to push for reforms, make progress with national construction projects, and close the income gap between rich and poor people.   After her victory speech, Tsai held an international news conference.    Over one hundred foreign media sent their correspondents to cover the election.   Before the election, China tried everything possible to help KMT to defeat DPP.  Unfortunately, the majority of people did not like the pro-China KMT and Han.  This election once again said “no” to China.  Taiwan is an independent country, not the part of China.  Several foreign missions in Taiwan , including US, Germany, Japan, extended congratulations to President Tsai on her re-election.   The US Department of State issued a statement “Under her leadership, we hope Taiwan will continue to serve as a shining example for countries that strive for democracy, prosperity, and a better path for their people.”
























Posted: January 16, 2020
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