Now is Taiwan’s most crucial point: president

Tsai Ing-wen calls for the people to defend Taiwan's democracy

Tsai Ing-wen speaking in Taipei on Jan. 13.

Tsai Ing-wen speaking in Taipei on Jan. 13. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said that now is the most crucial point for Taiwan, noting cross-strait tensions and concerns surrounding African swine fever, during a speech in Taipei on Jan. 13.

Tsai called on the people to defend Taiwan and its democracy, adding that she is confident that 2019 will create a better future for Taiwan.

Tsai made the comments during a lunch held in Taipei City put on by a volunteer supporter group.

During her speech, Tsai suggested that her Democratic Progressive Party lost the battle of the nine-in-one local elections late last year, but they had not lost the war. Tsai went on to say that the new cabinet will be formally established on Jan. 14.

Tsai called on supporters to fulfill three tasks; to support and have confidence in the new cabinet, to communicate the work of the government to the public, and to continue to defend Taiwan’s democracy.

Lastly, Tsai wished everyone a happy new year.