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“Mr. Democracy“ Lee Teng-hui passed away


Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui passed away on Thursday (July 30, 2019) after long illness. President Lee was 97 years old.   President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed her deep sadness at Lee’s passing.     President Lee had been hospitalized since February, when he choked on a mouthful of milk at home.   He was later diagnosed with pulmonary infiltrates and aspiration pneumonia.   During President Lee’s hospitalization, President Tsai Ing-wen visited him several times.   On Wednesday, the day before Lee’s death, President Tsai, Vice President Lai and Premier Su went to the hospital together to comfort Lee’s family.    Taiwan government set up a traditional funeral bier at the Taiwan Guest House, so Taiwan’s leaders and its people can pay their respects to former President Lee Teng-hui there.    The memorial will remain open until Aug. 16. No official word has been given on funeral arrangements.  

President Lee held the office from 1988 to 2000.  He brought direct elections and other democratic changes to Taiwan.   Newsweek magazine called Lee “Mr. Democracy” and credited him as the "architect of Taiwan's modern democratic system," which was widely considered as "a shining example of citizen-centric governance for the region and the world."   The White House issued a statement said "Lee led Taiwan through its transition from authoritarian military rule to a prosperous, free, and open society. He will always be remembered for his strong commitment to democratic principles and human dignity".   Also the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) mourned Lee's death in a post on Twitter.   "We offer our deepest condolences to the people of Taiwan and the loved ones of former President Lee Teng-hui, the first popularly elected leader of Taiwan. 'Mr. Democracy' was a champion for freedom and the architect of Taiwan's free and open society," the NSC wrote.

Post: 2020-08-04
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President Tsai Ing-wen addressed Third Copenhagen Democracy Summit


President Tsai Ing-wen was invited by the Alliance of Democracies to give a speech at Third Copenhagen Democracy Summit on June 19, 2020.  The summit was organized by the Alliance of Democracies, a non-governmental organization established in 2017 by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who is a former Danish prime minister and NATO secretary-general.  The event also included speeches from US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and former US secretaries of state John Kerry and Madeleine Albright, who spoke by videoconference or through prerecorded videos.    President Tsai said “Those privileged to live in a democracy must never rest until the entire world can share in the birthright that is freedom.  Taiwan stands on the front line of the global community of democracies, and it looks forward to forging closer cooperation with like-minded democracies.“  During her 8 minutes, Tsai also addressed Taiwan’s success in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.   She said that Taiwan was fortunate to have been better prepared than most in dealing with the corona virus crisis.   Tsai added “We learned important lessons from the SARS outbreak in 2003 so that we would never be caught off guard again.  With the right measures, it is possible to control the spread of the virus without sacrificing our most important democratic principles.”   Tsai was disappointed that the WHO “put politics before health” when it did not invite Taiwan to share its experience at this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA).   Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated that the United States supports Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA), saying Taiwan's presence will be "useful" to the global community at a time of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Pompeo also said Taiwan has "a great deal of knowledge to handle the coronavirus very very well. They have high end technology, high end pharmaceutical capability, and high end scientists.”


Post: 2020-06-23
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Taiwan President Tsai's Inauguration Speech

Taiwan President Tsai's Inauguration Speech

On May 20, 2020, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, delivered an inauguration speech at a government guest house in Taipei immediately after her inauguration ceremony at Presidential Building.

(蔡英文賴清德2020520日就任台灣(ROC)總統 副總統,蔡英文在就職後,發表就職演説)

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Vice President Lai, esteemed guests, friends watching on TV and online, my fellow citizens across the country, good morning.

() 作為共同體的台灣 A Taiwanese Community


I feel immensely grateful to stand here once again today and take on the responsibility entrusted to me by the Taiwanese people.


This inauguration ceremony is unique in the history of the Republic of China. What makes it special is not its size or the number of people in attendance. It is special because we know how difficult it has been for us to get to this point.


I want to thank the people of Taiwan for making such a difficult feat possible.


I particularly want to thank a group of people who have not received a lot of attention over the past four months in our fight against COVID-19. I want to thank every single person who waited in line outside of the pharmacy in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak. Thank you for your patience, and thank you for trusting the government. You have shown the world Taiwan’s commitment to civic virtues, even in times of greatest distress.


I also want to thank everyone who was quarantined or isolated at home, putting up with inconvenience in your daily life to keep others safe and healthy. Thank you for exemplifying humanity’s best qualities and helping us successfully bring the coronavirus outbreak under control.


This sense of pride in our country, this community’s shared destiny, and the memories of these past months will live on in all of our hearts. This is what solidarity feels like.


Many ambassadors and representatives from other countries are here today, and I trust that many countries around the world are watching Taiwan as well.


I want to take this opportunity to tell you that the country you see is populated by kind and resilient people. No matter the difficulties we face, we can always count on our democracy, our solidarity, and our sense of responsibility towards each other to help us overcome challenges, weather difficult times, and stand steadfast in the world.

() 空前的挑戰和絕佳的機會
Unprecedented challenges and unparalleled opportunities


From January to now, Taiwan has amazed the international community twice. The first was our democratic elections, and the second was our success in the fight against COVID-19.


In recent months, Taiwan’s name has appeared in headlines around the world, thanks to our successful containment of the coronavirus outbreak.


“Taiwan” is also emblazoned on the boxes of supplies we are sending abroad. The Taiwanese people have the kindest hearts in the entire world, and we will always offer help to the international community whenever we are able.


I hope that in addition to sharing in a sense of pride and joy, my fellow citizens can take to heart the spirit of “helping ourselves to help others;” “when we help ourselves, others will help us.”


This pandemic has not yet ended, and we must remain vigilant. Even when it ends, its impacts will linger on.


The coronavirus has profoundly affected our world. It has changed the global political and economic order, accelerated and expanded the reorganization of global supply chains, restructured the global economy, and changed the way we live and shop. It has even changed the way the international community views Taiwan and developments in the surrounding region.


These changes present us with both challenges and opportunities. I want to ask that my fellow citizens be prepared, because countless challenges and difficulties remain ahead of us.


Over the next four years, only those who can end the pandemic within their borders, lay out a strategy for their country’s survival and development, and take advantage of opportunities in the complex world of tomorrow, will be able to set themselves apart on the international stage.


It takes more than fervor to govern a country. Leadership means calmly taking the right direction in a changing world. That is precisely what I have done over the past four years.


I said before that I will leave you with a better country. So over the next four years, I will proactively develop our industries, foster a safe society, ensure national security, and deepen our democracy. I am going to reinvent Taiwan and lead our country into the future.


1. Industrial and Economic Development


 I know that the Taiwanese people are most concerned about our industrial and economic development. In 2016, we initiated a new economic development model to help connect Taiwan’s economy to the world. Over the past four years, despite massive changes in the international economy, Taiwan has done more than just weather the storm. Our economic growth has once again topped the Four Asian Tigers, and the stock market index now regularly breaks 10,000 points.


Thanks to our successful control of the pandemic, so far, Taiwan is able to maintain positive economic growth. This is rare in the world. However, we need to continue to take early action on economic relief and revitalization, and do whatever it takes to maintain stable economic growth.


Over the next four years, we will face more intense changes in the global economy and the accelerated reorganization of supply chains. We will continue to implement our Forward-looking Infrastructure Development and trillion NT-dollar investment programs. We will do so in the spirit of “achieving growth through stability, and seizing opportunity amid changes,” in order to secure Taiwan’s economic development over the coming decades.


In terms of industrial development, we are going to take advantage of the opportunities before us in six core strategic industries founded on our 5+2 Innovative Industries Program, to transform Taiwan into a critical force in the global economy.

六大核心戰略產業 Six Core Strategic Industries


First, we will continue to develop our information and digital industries. We will take advantage of Taiwan’s strengths in the semiconductor and ICT industries to secure a central role in global supply chains, and make Taiwan a major base for the development of next generation technologies, including IoT and AI.


Second, we are going to develop a cybersecurity industry that can integrate with 5G, digital transformation, and our national security. We will strive to create cybersecurity systems and an industrial chain that can protect our country and earn the world’s trust.


Third, we are going to create biotech and medical technology industries integrated with the rest of the world. Throughout this pandemic, Taiwanese teams have proven that they are capable of working with world-class technologies to produce reagents and develop new drugs and vaccines. We are going to give these industries our utmost support, and transform Taiwan into a key force in the global battle against infectious diseases.


Fourth, we are going to develop national defense and strategic industries by integrating military and civilian capabilities. In addition to domestically-produced naval vessel and aircraft programs that are currently underway, we will push harder to promote technological integration between the military and the private sector, to stimulate private sector production capabilities, and advance into the aviation and space industries.


Fifth, we are going to accelerate the development of green energy and renewable energy industries. Over the past four years, renewable energy has experienced explosive growth, and Taiwan has become a hotspot for international investment. Building on this foundation, I am confident that we will achieve our goal of deriving 20% of our overall energy from green sources by 2025. We are going to make Taiwan a center for green energy in Asia.


Sixth, we are going to establish strategic stockpile industries that can ensure the steady provision of critical supplies. Facing changes to the global order, we need to keep key industrial chains in Taiwan and maintain a certain degree of self-sufficiency in the production of face masks, medical and daily supplies, energy, and food.


In the current international climate, countries that end their dependence on others will have a head start on national development. I would like our friends across all industries to rest assured that our government stands with you. Over the next few years, we have several strategies to drive the growth of our industries.

 產業發展策略 Industrial Development Strategy


First, we will use domestic demand, particularly demand from the public sector and national security needs, as the basic engine for our industrial development.


A prime example of this is the way strategic demand for face masks and other medical supplies throughout this pandemic has spurred the development of related industries. We can adopt a similar model for our national defense and renewable energy industries to help accelerate their development.


We will continue to organize “national teams,” like our face mask team, according to the size and conditions of different industries. We will utilize our government’s guarantee of domestic demand to establish a global strategic materials manufacturing industry under the “Taiwanese brand” and help it expand into other markets.


We know that financial support is crucial to industrial development. Looking to the future, we will adopt more flexible financial policies, continue to reform financial systems, and use more diverse means to help industries obtain the financing they need.


We will also work to create a safe environment for our industries. Our government is committed to maintaining sound public health and national security systems, a stable society, strong rule of law, and a healthy market. We need to offer these guarantees so that high-tech and strategic industries will be willing to choose Taiwan as their production and R&D base.


We will also continue to guide the global expansion of our industries. We will keep working to sign trade or investment protection agreements with the United States, Japan, and European countries.


As we continue to promote our New Southbound Policy, we will also develop other potential markets and encourage firms to establish operations there, giving our industries an edge when they engage in international cooperation. Overseas Taiwanese business communities around the world will be our best partners as we seek new international opportunities.


Finally, we have the issue of talent. In order for Taiwan to become a key global economic force, we need a diverse talent pool. My government will bring in the world’s top technical, R&D, and management talents to help globalize Taiwan’s workforce, widen our industries’ horizons, and give them the ability to compete in the international arena.


Looking to the future, Taiwan must further connect with the international community. We will work to cultivate more outstanding bilingual and digital talents, giving our industries a global competitive edge.


Over the next four years, Taiwan’s economy will enter a new stage, complete with more flexible capital and talent flows, more robust industrial capabilities, and closer ties with the world. Together, we are going to enter a new era of shared prosperity.


2. Safe Society: Health and Social Safety Nets to Catch Those Who Need Help


As we develop our industries, we will also keep in mind that the people expect the government to foster a safe society. To be a better country, the government must take on more responsibilities to reduce the burden on the people and mitigate issues in society.


Over the past few years, we have addressed Long-term Care 2.0, childcare, and residential justice issues. Over the next four years, my goal is to weave an even tighter net that can catch every single person who needs help and prevent future tragedies.

 健康防疫安全網 Health and Disease Prevention Safety Net


First, we will strengthen our health and disease prevention safety net. Taiwan is an ageing society, and infectious diseases pose a serious challenge to the health of our people. That is why we need to bolster our disease prevention and treatment capabilities and link industries to make more breakthroughs in vaccine and new drug development, as well as infectious disease prevention and treatment, so that people can enjoy healthy lives and receive better care.

 社會安全網補漏網 Mending Gaps in the Social Safety Net


Our second step will be to mend the gaps in our social safety net. Over the past few years, a great deal of discussion has arisen around public safety incidents involving schizophrenia patients. The same goes for other mental illnesses, drug addiction, and domestic violence.


I understand your concerns. These issues are not just the responsibility of individuals or families, they are the responsibility of the government. When families are unable to provide proper care, the government has a duty to step in and help.


I am going to upgrade our social care system, enhance the capabilities of frontline social workers, and improve their work environments, so that they can work at the grassroots and identify people who have fallen through the gaps in our safety net.


We cannot hold medical agencies or individual judges solely responsible for controversies surrounding specific cases. Our judicial and executive branches should reevaluate and optimize these systems and take initiatives to make any necessary legal amendments.

3. 國家安全:國防事務改革、積極參與國際、兩岸和平穩定

3. National Security: National Defense Reforms, Active International Participation, Peaceful and Stable Cross-strait Relations


A better country requires a greater emphasis on national security. Over the past four years, we have pushed for national defense reforms, active international participation, and peaceful, stable cross-strait relations. We hope that Taiwan can play a more active role in the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. Over the next four years, the direction of our policies will remain the same, and we will do even more.

 國防事務改革 National Defense Reforms


We have three important directions for our national defense reforms. First is accelerating the development of our asymmetrical capabilities. While we work to bolster our defense capabilities, future combat capacity development will also emphasize mobility, countermeasures, and non-traditional asymmetrical capabilities. We will also work to strengthen our defenses against the threats of cyber warfare, cognitive warfare, and “unrestricted” warfare to achieve our strategic goal of multidomain deterrence.


The second is substantive reforms to our military reserve and mobilization systems. We need to enhance the quality of our reserve forces, as well as their weapons, equipment, and training, in order to achieve effective jointness with our regular forces. We also need to establish a standing, interdepartmental system connecting our reserve and mobilization systems. This system will help coordinate personnel and supplies, so that we can successfully mobilize during a transition from peacetime to war.


Third is improvements to our military’s management institutions. Today’s young servicemembers have all grown up in a democratic society, and one of our most important missions will be to find ways for them to better utilize their professional skills in line with military needs.


Some young servicemembers have difficulties adjusting to military needs, reflecting the gap between today’s society and our military management institutions. We need to work to close that gap. We need to reduce negative societal views of the military and end the gradual erosion of our military’s prestige and morale due to individual incidents caused by imperfect institutions.


Thus, we will improve appeal and counseling mechanisms within the military, establish a fair and equitable incident investigation mechanism, and regularly evaluate personnel placements. In terms of education and training, we will strengthen leadership capacities across all levels of leadership and foster a modern management system that emphasizes professionalism.


We need to strike a balance between the team-oriented military discipline needed for actual combat and society’s respect for the individual.

 積極參與國際社會Active International Participation


Over the past four years, we have actively taken part in addressing major global issues, including counter-terrorism cooperation, humanitarian assistance, religious freedom, and nontraditional security.


Throughout this global pandemic, we have been praised for providing selfless assistance to the international community wherever we are able.


Taiwan has been deemed a democratic success story, a reliable partner, and a force for good in the world by the international community. All Taiwanese people should take pride in this.


Over the next four years, we will continue to fight for our participation in international organizations, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation with our allies, and bolster ties with the United States, Japan, Europe, and other like-minded countries.


We will also participate more actively in regional cooperation mechanisms and work hand-in-hand with countries in the region to make concrete contributions to peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.

 和平穩定的兩岸關係Peaceful and Stable Cross-strait Relations


In the face of complex and changing cross-strait circumstances, we have made the greatest effort to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait over the past four years, gaining approval from the international community. We will continue these efforts, and we are willing to engage in dialogue with China and make more concrete contributions to regional security.


Here, I want to reiterate the words “peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue.” We will not accept the Beijing authorities’ use of “one country, two systems” to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo. We stand fast by this principle.


We will continue to handle cross-strait affairs according to the Constitution of the Republic of China and the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area. This has been our consistent position for maintaining the peaceful and stable status quo in the Taiwan Strait.


Cross-strait relations have reached a historical turning point. Both sides have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term and prevent the intensification of antagonism and differences. Faced with changing circumstances, I will hold firm to my principles, adopt an open attitude to resolve issues, and shoulder my responsibilities as President. I also hope that the leader on the other side of the Strait will take on the same responsibility, and work with us to jointly stabilize the long-term development of cross-strait relations.

() 國家體制強化及民主深化
Strengthening State Institutions and Democracy


While we work to achieve national development, it is crucial that we optimize our government institutions over the next four years. Our Legislative Yuan will establish a constitutional amendment committee, giving us a platform to engage in dialogue and reach a consensus on constitutional reforms pertaining to government systems and people’s rights.


This democratic process will enable the constitutional system to progress with the times and align with the values of Taiwanese society. Our first priority should be to lower the voting age from 20 to 18, an issue on which both the majority and opposition parties are in agreement.


In terms of judicial reform, I delivered on my promise to convene a National Congress on Judicial Reform, and we completed amendments to the Judges Act, the Attorney Regulation Act, the Constitutional Court Procedure Act, and the Labor Incident Act. This is all base work for the further improvement of our judicial system.


However, our judicial reforms are still in transition, and our current progress has not yet met the public’s expectations. I will continue to solicit opinions from across society and keep pressing forward. The people’s dissatisfaction drives us to continue on the path of reform.


Within the next four years, we need to implement a lay judge system, so that citizens can act as lay judges in court and become catalysts for judicial reform. This will help bridge the distance between the people and our judicial system, so that it aligns better with their expectations and earns their trust.


All constitutional institutions must also continue on the path of reform. The Executive Yuan will reevaluate and reinitiate its organizational reform process, including the establishment of a specialized digital development agency and adjustments to all ministries in line with current needs. This will enable governance capabilities to be more responsive to the needs of national development.


The National Human Rights Commission under the Control Yuan will officially be established in August of this year. This will be a milestone in our journey to place human rights at the center of Taiwan’s national ethos, and marks the start of a new chapter for the Control Yuan.


Our new Examination Yuan team will be instated in September, and I will ask them to propose a comprehensive reform plan and evaluate past policies, so that they can become an effective human resource department that can cultivate the talent a modern government needs.

() 結論 Conclusion


My fellow citizens, over the past 70 years, the Republic of China (Taiwan) has grown more resilient and unified through countless challenges. We have resisted the pressure of aggression and annexation. We have made the transition from authoritarianism to democracy. Although we were once isolated in the world, we have always persisted in the values of democracy and freedom, no matter the challenges ahead of us. We will always remain committed to our common belief: Taiwan must help ourselves to help others, and when we help ourselves, others will help us.


Many of the heroes in our fight against COVID-19 are here with us today, including members of our national face mask team, our Central Epidemic Command Center’s public health team, and Premier Su Tseng-chang’s team.


There are many more heroes from all walks of life not in attendance today: medical workers, postal workers, pharmacists, convenience store clerks, taxi drivers, and many more.


I may not be able to call out all of your names, but I want everyone to know that Taiwan has overcome countless challenges over the past 70 years, relying on not just one or two heroes, but thanks to countless heroes such as yourselves, working together to turn the wheels of history. You have helped make Taiwan a happy, safe, and prosperous place for generations to come.


I want to express my respect to all of you. Every single person in Taiwan is a hero. Vice President Lai and I are honored to take on the responsibility you have entrusted to us.


Taking on the responsibility of the President of the Republic of China in such difficult times brings me more pressure than joy. But I will not back down, because all of you are with me.


The path forward will not be easy, and greater challenges await us. But we are a country that has persevered through even the greatest hardships. We, the 23 million people, have always been and will always be a community with a shared destiny.


I truly hope that all of my fellow citizens will remember how it felt to come together to overcome the challenges of the past few months. The Republic of China can be united. Taiwan can be safe. Being Taiwanese can be an honor that makes you hold your head high.


My dear citizens, the path ahead of us is long, and we are about to begin a new chapter in Taiwan’s story. Taiwan’s story belongs to each and every one of us, and it needs each and every one of us.


I ask that the 23 million people of Taiwan act as our guides and partners. Let us pool our wisdom and courage and make this country a better place together. Thank you

Post: 2020-05-26
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Xi Jing-ping and Tedros Adhannom Ghebreyesus should be brought to trial as virus war criminals

The scale of deaths and economic loss due to Covid-19 (Chinese Virus) pandemic are very much similar to the previous world wars.  Since the breakout of the corona virus, WHO and other research institutions had reported the daily casualties.  As of May 11, the cumulative confirmed cases are 4.1 millions and the deaths are 282,000.   In US, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and many congressional leaders condemned China and WHO for covering up the spread of virus.  In response, China pled “non-guilty”. For the last several weeks, China repeatedly denied any wrong-doing and refused to answer the questions regarding the origin of virus, P4 laboratory’s role and how early they knew the spread of deadly virus in Wuhan.  For those long-time China observers, it was no surprise to them that China would use their secret weapons (lies and falsified statements) to counter attack whoever questioned China’s actions or motives.  Shall we trust China?  Shall we treat China as a good friend?  Shall we kow-tow to China?  In China’s dictionary, you could not find words, such as apology, sorry, regret etc.  They did not know what ‘humble’ means.  However, they do know what “lose face or save face” means.  

We all know that the Chinese officials were brain-washed by Chinese Communist Party for long time.   They believed it was China’s destiny to be a great country again and rule the whole world someday.   In this pandemic case, Xi jing-ping understood that the whole world would eventually blame China for the disaster.  He kept silence for a while and carefully monitored the reactions from other countries.  He had to figure out how to protect himself first and save face, and then came out with a strategy to counter attack the outside criticisms.  Xi’s grand strategy would not succeed without the help of WHO Director-General Tedros Adhannom Ghebreyesus.   The Trump Administration should realize that both Xi and Tedros would not yield under the pressure from US only.   The western countries and some large countries from other continents should unite in fighting China.   The United States should act fast and take a strong leading role to force China to respond.   There is a remote possibility that China will soften their stand and confess the crime.   So the question is how to punish China?   First of all, the western countries should openly ask China to take a total responsibility and pay trillions to compensate the death and financial loss due to the outbreak of Chinese virus.   If China rejects any proposal from Western countries, then both Xi and Tedro should be put on trial for the criminal acts they committed.   If China could get away this time, China will definitely play same trick again.    


Post: 2020-05-12
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Is WHO Director-General Tedros Adhannom Ghebreyesus a puppy of Chairman Xi Jing-ping?

Not long ago Tedros called the coronavirus (Chinese Virus) pandemic “Public Enemy No. 1.”   In other word, WHO intends to crown Xi Jingping as Public Enemy No. 1.  Who will be No. 2?  Obviously the answer is Tedros.  As a top health official in the world health organization, Tedros did not take the spread of virus in Wuhan seriously.  When the news of new virus first emerged in Wuhan last November, WHO paid little attention to the bad news and did not actively monitor the possible breakout of virus attack.  Last December, the doctors in Wuhan further realized that the new virus was deadly and warned that some serious measures should be taken.   Immediately, Taiwan sent two experts to Wuhan to gather a first-hand information regarding the potential problems.  Taiwan’s experts concluded that the virus would be as deadly as SARS in 2003.  Since it was a global public health issue, Taiwan sent the warning to the United States and WHO in January.  Unfortunately, WHO ignored the warning and chose to downplay the possible spreading of virus.   In the mean time, Taiwan government put the Central Epidemic Command Center (CSCC) into work.  The CSCC launched several measures to control the foreseeable virus attack from China.  In the last three months, the actions taken by CSCC won the praise from the majority of Taiwanese citizen.   The international communities also were impressed by Taiwan’s accomplishments and regarded Taiwan as a role model for fighting Chinese Virus.  As of April 5, the total of confirmed cases is 373 and 5 deaths in Taiwan.  The Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung , who heads the center, usually made a daily news conference to inform public what’s going on.   Therefore people in Taiwan were well-informed and aware of current rules and precaution etc..  Chen played a key role to lead his team to fight against the spread of virus.   The global death toll is now well over 70 thousand and the confirmed cases are over one million.  Tedros blamed the current pandemic crises is due to a delay in getting enough national governments to respond aggressively to the outbreak after it began in China.  The fact is Tedros’ “kowtow” mindset and his coward act in response to the potential crises.  

Post: 2020-04-21
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President of Taiwan: How My Country Prevented a Major Outbreak of COVID-19


Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is featured in the latest issue of Time Magazine (April 16, 2020) explaining how the country was able to prevent a major outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).  This article is part of a special series on how the coronavirus is changing our lives, with insights and advice from the TIME 100 community.

In a special issue of Time titled "Finding Hope," the magazine asked 50 TIME 100 honorees to give their take on the global coronavirus crisis.  The section written by Tsai, whose photo is featured at the center of the issue's cover, emphasized that Taiwan's success in controlling the epidemic was "no coincidence" and listed the steps Taiwan took to limit the spread of the deadly disease. The following is a full text.


How My Country Prevented a Major Outbreak of COVID-19


Taiwan is an island of resilience. Centuries of hardship have compelled our society to cope, adapt, and survive trying circumstances. We have found ways to persevere through difficult times together as a nation, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Despite the virus’s highly infectious nature and our proximity to its source, we have prevented a major outbreak. As of April 14, we have had fewer than 400 confirmed cases.

This success is no coincidence. A combination of efforts by medical professionals, government, private sector and society at large have armored our country’s defenses. The painful lessons of the 2003 SARS outbreak, which left Taiwan scarred with the loss of dozens of lives, put our government and people on high alert early on. Last December, when indications of a contagious new respiratory illness began to appear in China, we began monitoring incoming passengers from Wuhan. In January, we established the Central Epidemic Command Center to handle prevention measures. We introduced travel restrictions, and established quarantine protocols for high-risk travelers.

Upon the discovery of the first infected person in Taiwan on Jan. 21, we undertook rigorous investigative efforts to track travel and contact history for every patient, helping to isolate and contain the contagion before a mass community outbreak was possible. In addition to the tireless efforts of our public-health professionals, spearheaded by Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, our informed citizens have done their part. Private businesses, franchises and apartment communities have initiated body-temperature monitoring and disinfection steps that have supplemented government efforts in public spaces.

To prevent mass panic buying, at an early stage the government monitored market spikes in commodities and took over the production and distribution of medical-grade masks. With the cooperation of private machine-tool and medical-supply companies, the Ministry of Economic Affairs coordinated additional production lines for surgical masks, multiplying production capacity. Supported by technology experts, pharmacies and convenience stores, we devised a system for distributing rationed masks. Here, masks are available and affordable to both hospitals and the general public. The joint efforts of government and private companies—a partnership we have deemed “Team Taiwan”—have also enabled us to donate supplies to seriously affected countries.

Taiwan has one of the world’s top health care systems, strong research capabilities and transparent information that we actively share with both the public and international bodies. Indeed, Taiwan has effectively managed the containment of the corona-virus within our borders. Yet on a global level, COVID-19 is a humanitarian disaster that requires the joint efforts of all countries. Although Taiwan has been unfairly excluded from the WHO and the U.N., we remain willing and able to utilize our strengths across manufacturing, medicine and technology to work with the world.

Global crises test the fabric of the inter-national community, stretching us at the seams and threatening to tear us apart. Now more than ever, every link in this global network must be accounted for. We must set aside our differences and work together for the benefit of humankind. The fight against COVID-19 will require the collective efforts of people around the world.

Taiwan is no stranger to hardship, and our resilience stems from our willingness to unite to surmount even the toughest obstacles. This, above all else, is what I hope Taiwan can share with the world: the human capacity to overcome challenges together is limitless. Taiwan can help.

Post: 2020-04-20
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Wuhan Pneumonia Outbreak: China lied, People died

The new Coronavirus swept over China and across the globe.  It is a new virus, first detected in Wuhan, China, last December.  It was commonly called “Wuhan Pneumonia” in Taiwan.  WHO officially named the virus “COVID-19”.  It stands for corona virus disease 2019.  As of February 20, WHO reported that over 75,000 confirmed cases and over 2000 deaths.  Most of confirmed cases and deaths were from China.  The most affected countries or regions are Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.  Other regions were less severe.  Since China has lied about the coronavirus from the very beginning, it was difficult to figure out the exact number of cases and deaths.  Based on the videos and messages coming from Wuhan and other cities, some experts said that the infection totals could be over millions in China only.   Taiwan has a close tie with China, especially in business, trade and travel.  Taiwanese businesspeople and their families lived in China for many years.  It was estimated that over one million Taiwanese currently live in China.    Over ten thousand Taiwanese travelled to China daily in the past.  The virus outbreak was a bad news for Taiwan government.  The government had to take serious measures to prevent the virus from entering Taiwan.   On February 8, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that travelers who have transited through China, Hong kong or Macau on their way to Taiwan would be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.   The new policy was considerably tightens restrictions that previously only applied to people who had traveled in those regions.  At WHO, the US representative urged the WHO to engage directly with Taiwan public health authorizes in fight against the virus.   

Post: 2020-02-20
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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.”

Post: 2020-01-16
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Taiwan’s presidential race: President Tsai against Han and Soong

The People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong finally announced that he will run again for president in the coming January 2020 elections on November 13, 2019.  Soong’s announcement ended the month-long public suspicion that Soong might launch his fourth attempt for presidency.  Four days later, President Tsai picked former Premier Lai Ching-te as her running mate for the presidential election.  Tsai-Lai will face Nationalist Chinese Party’s Han-Chang (Kaohsiung mayor Han Kuo-yu and former Premier Chang San-cheng) and PFP’s Soong-Yu (Sandra Yu is former chairwoman of an advertisement firm).   KMT’s Han picked Chang several weeks ago.   Han’s has little experience in nation-wide politics and the lack of general knowledge was regarded as his weakness.  He needs Chang to enforce his team’s policy-making.   Soong’s associates recommended him to pick a woman as his running mate to attract female voters. Sandra Yu was well-known in the advertisement industry, but most people know little about her.    Soong was not politically active for the past four years.  However to maintain PFP’s presence in the Legislative Yuan, his entering of presidential election might attract more people to vote for PFP’s candidates.  During the news conference, President Tsai cited reforms that started during Lai’s tenure as premier, such as tax reforms, subsidized preschool education, long-term care programs, and improvements in the business environment and investment climate, among others, and said these measures are now starting to bear fruit.  Lai said “I will do everything I can to help President Tsai accomplish her goals, which are to win re-election and secure a legislative majority” during his acceptance speech.   According to the recent polls, Tsai received more than 40% support, while her opponents Han only received less than 25% and Soong  was able to gain 8% support.  

Post: 2019-12-03
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The Chinese threat to Taiwanese Sovereignty

The Hudson institute hosted a panel discussion “The Chinese threat on Taiwanese sovereignty” on November 22, 2019.  Seth Cropsey, Director, Center for American Seapower, Hudson Institute, was the moderator for the session.  The panelists included Ian Easton, project 2049, Rick Fisher, International Assessment and Strategy Center, Riley Walters, Heritage Foundation, and Christian Whiton, Center for the National Interest.  The organizer stated “The People’s Republic of China continues to increase its political interference and military pressure on Taiwan. It has peeled away states that formerly recognized Taiwan’s sovereignty; stepped up its efforts to interfere with Taiwan’s national elections; restricted Chinese tourists to Taiwan; violated Taiwanese airspace; and repeated its threats to force what China calls “reunification.”   The event focused on China’s increased bullying, examining the causes, Taiwan’s responses and how the United States should respond.


Post: 2019-12-01
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