Tsai Ing-wen Interviewed by the Washington Post

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan was interviewed for the first time since taking office in May. The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth mainly focused on Tsai’s views on the China-Taiwan relationship. The most important takeaway from the interview, I think, is for the world (including China) to recognize that “Taiwan is a democratic society in which the leader has to follow the will of the people” and “It isn’t likely that the government of Taiwan will accept a deadline for conditions [so-called 1992 consensus] that are against the will of the people.”

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office responded during a daily briefing with the usual “we will only talk to you if you accept the 1992 consensus.”

Read the full report here: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen: Beijing must respect our democratic will.

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