Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan’s first female president
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 20, 2016
Tsai Ing-wen has been sworn in as the new president of Taiwan, becoming the country’s first female leader as she called for Taipei and Beijing to set aside the baggage of history.
Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won parliamentary and presidential elections by a landslide in January on a voter backlash against creeping dependence on China. The DPP, which has traditionally favored independence from China, takes over after eight years under China-friendly Nationalist Ma Ying-jeou.
The new president did not mention the one-China policy in her televised inaugural address today in a move likely to anger Beijing, which claims the self-governing island as its own territory.
The fifty-nine-year-old said in her speech that she respected the joint acknowledgements and understandings reached between the sides at a landmark 1992 meeting. However, she made no explicit mention of the concept that Taiwan is a part of China, which Beijing says is crucial to the entire relationship.