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President Tsai
President Tsai

Born in 1956 in Taipei City, Tsai Ing-wen traces her family roots to Fangshan Township of Pingtung County in southern Taiwan. Growing up at an auto repair shop run by her parents, her family background instilled her with the spirit of small and medium-sized enterprises—professional, dynamic, resilient, and hard working.

Dr. Tsai graduated from National Taiwan University with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1978. She then studied in the US and the UK, obtaining a Master of Laws degree from Cornell University Law School in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1984, specializing in international trade law and competition law.

After finishing her studies and returning to Taiwan, Dr. Tsai served as an associate professor and then a professor in the Department of Law at National Chengchi University (1984-1990), a professor at the Soochow University School of Law (1991-1993), and a professor in the Department of International Business at National Chengchi University (1993-2000).

Dr. Tsai began her tenure on Taiwan's trade negotiation delegation in the late 1980s. By 1990, Taiwan began working on the bid to join the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), eventually gaining admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2002. She was on the front lines of the process during key negotiations in her capacity as Chief Legal Advisor (1992-2000). She was thus a first-hand witness to this landmark event in the history of Taiwan's economic transformation. In the 1990s, Dr. Tsai also regularly attended Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, and chaired the Group on Services (GOS) of the Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI).

Beginning in the late 1990s, cross-strait relations experienced several changes. Dr. Tsai served successively as Senior Adviser to the Mainland Affairs Council (1994-1998), Senior Adviser to the National Security Council (1999-2000), and Chairperson of the Mainland Affairs Council (2000-2004), devoting her efforts to the development of cross-strait relations.

Dr. Tsai joined the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2004 and then became a successful DPP candidate for an at-large seat in the Legislative Yuan (2004-2006). She was appointed to serve as vice premier (2006-2007). After the DPP returned to the opposition, Dr. Tsai was elected DPP chairperson for two successive terms (2008-2010 and 2010-2012), the first woman to chair a major political party in Taiwan. She returned as DPP chairperson in 2014, and continues to serve.

Dr. Tsai represented the DPP in Taiwan's 13th-term presidential election in 2012, becoming Taiwan's first female presidential candidate. She ran again as the DPP candidate in 2016, and was elected as the nation's 14th-term president. The first female head of state in Taiwan's history, Tsai Ing-wen is also the first female head of state in Asia who was not born into a political family.

President Tsai's timeline

2017-12-29 Delivers remarks at the 2017 year-end press conference for the Presidential Office press corps, explaining government policies and achievements regarding national defense self-sufficiency, international economics and trade policy, steadfast diplomacy, and economic and industrial transformation. Reiterates that the government will continue to pursue reforms and take Taiwan to greater heights.
2017-12-28 Presides over the 4th Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee. Emphasizes that every discussion by the committee is a key step toward truth and reconciliation in Taiwan society.
2017-12-27 Congratulates Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on his re-election via videoconference, and emphasizes that Taiwan and Honduras will continue to promote economic and trade cooperation to strengthen bilateral relations.
2017-12-21 Visits the Air Force Command Headquarters to inspect  Taiwan’s combat readiness to address China’s recent long- range flight capabilities. Directs the ROC armed forces to continue to strengthen joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations, monitor the situation closely, and disclose relevant information in a timely manner to give citizens peace of mind, and fulfill Taiwan’s responsibility to contribute to regional security and stability.
2017-12-18 Attends the 21st National Chair Professorships and the 61st Academic Awards ceremony. Encourages scholars to pass on their academic experience to students, and inspire the next generation of knowledge workers so they can reach new heights and explore broader horizons.
2017-12-13 Attends the presentation ceremony for the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award for Civil Servants. Encourages civil servants to be bold in pursuing professional innovations to advance public interests and drive national and social progress.
2017-12-11 Meets with AIT Chairman James Moriarty, reviews cooperative exchanges and achievements of Taiwan-US relations from the past year, and expresses hope that both sides can continue to play important roles in regional stability.
2017-12-11 Attends the Cyber Security Week organized by the Office of the President. Emphasizes that the government has been working to improve the nation’s information security system, and urges all government agencies to set up information security mechanisms and teams at the national level to bolster information security industry development, thus making Taiwan a secure, reliable “digital nation.”
2017-12-10 Attends a memorial event marking Human Rights Day 2017, and thanks the people at home and abroad who supported political prisoners in Taiwan. Expresses hope that transitional justice will become a collective social movement, helping Taiwanese face the past together and move toward a shared future.
2017-12-01 Presides over a ceremony in Taiwan’s Pingtung County to commission P-3C Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft to replace its Grumman S-2 Tracker (S-2T) anti-submarine aircraft. Offers encouragement to Taiwan’s dedicated military men and women, and reaffirms the government’s determination to fully support the armed forces and pursue national defense self-sufficiency.
Issues three directives after being briefed by the Ministry of National Defense on steps being taken to address the minesweeper procurement incident involving Ching Fu Shipbuilding Co.:
1. Based on irregularities uncovered by the Executive Yuan’s investigation, the Ministry of National Defense must announce a list of those who will be punished as quickly as possible. 
2. The Executive Yuan has forwarded its investigation report to the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of National Defense must fully cooperate with the judicial investigation. That investigation is obligated to treat the innocent fairly and punish the guilty. 
3. The Ministry of National Defense must conduct a comprehensive review and handle follow-up contract matters in a timely manner, according to law, to protect the national interest.
2017-11-21 Attends the award ceremony for Taiwan’s 2017 Presidential Science Prize along with Vice President Chen. Stresses that basic scientific research is the driving force leading society forward, and that the government will continue to provide more resources to support basic research and nourish young talent.
2017-11-20 Meets with Team Taiwan 2017 World Police & Fire Games representatives. Praises the team’s performance, and expresses hope that police and firefighting agencies will continue to work with the international community to prepare for new challenges, raising Taiwan’s international profile.
2017-11-20 Attends the Review Meeting of the ROC’s Initial Report under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and reiterates the government’s determination to safeguard human rights, emphasizing that Taiwanese will continue to work together to implement the CRC’s provisions.
2017-11-14 Attends the 9th Presidential Cultural Awards ceremony, and praises the awardees for exemplifying the values that will carry Taiwan society into the future.
2017-11-10 Attends the 71st Industrial Festival celebration. Encourages industries to take advantage of the current economic recovery, make major investments, and dare to innovate, ushering in a new era for Taiwan’s economy over the next five decades.
2017-11-10 Welcomes Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Mrs. Chastanet with military honors, and hosts a state banquet for them with Vice President and Mrs. Chen.
2017-11-04 Concludes her trip to three of Taiwan’s Pacific allies. Returns to Taiwan and delivers remarks, emphasizing that where the national interest is at stake, there can be no partisanship. Calls on the ruling and opposition camps to join hands and work together for a better Taiwan.
2017-11-03 Attends the groundbreaking ceremony for the Solomon Islands Crafts Market Centre and visits the Guadalcanal American Memorial. Makes a transit stop in Guam and attends a reception hosted by the Office of the Governor of Guam. Attends a dinner banquet with Taiwan expatriates in Guam, and thanks expatriates for their long-term contributions and hard work, which help raise Taiwan’s international profile.
2017-11-02 Meets with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sogavare and witnesses the signing of an MOU on police cooperation by Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs David T. Lee and Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs & External Trade Milner Tozaka. Delivers an address at Solomon Islands’ National Parliament, and then visits the Taiwan technical mission and tours the Taiwan Health Center. In the evening, hosts a banquet to thank Solomon Islands government and people for their hospitality.
2017-11-01 Arrives in Tuvalu, where she attends a state banquet and meets with Tuvalu Governor-General Iakoba Taeia Italeli and Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga. Visits Nauti Primary School and Princess Margaret Hospital to learn about bilateral cooperation programs, and concludes her visit to Tuvalu and departs for the Solomon Islands.
2017-10-31 Delivers an address at the parliament of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Attends a “One Island One Product” handicrafts exhibit and inspects the ROC technical mission. Hosts a dinner banquet to thank the government and people of the Marshall Islands for their generous hospitality.
2017-10-30 Arrives in the Marshall Islands and witnesses ROC Minister of Foreign Affairs David T. Lee and Marshall Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs John Silk sign MOUs between the two countries. Together with accompanying ministers, exchanges views with Marshall Islands President Heine and her cabinet, and in the evening, attends a state banquet.
2017-10-29 Meets over breakfast with friends from US political circles including AIT Chairman James Moriarty, and exchanges ideas about regional security and Taiwan-US relations. Attends a seminar with scholars from the US-based East West Center and the Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
2017-10-28 Begins a state visit to three of Taiwan’s Pacific allies under the theme “Sustainable Austronesia, Working Together for a Better Future,” and is warmly welcomed by expatriate community representatives during a stopover at Honolulu International Airport.
2017-10-26 Attends the opening of symposium on 30 years of cross-strait exchanges and prospects for the future. Appeals to the leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to embrace the harmony and moderation of traditional political wisdom, and seek a breakthrough in cross-strait relations to create long-term well-being for people on both sides, and eliminate hostility and the fear of war.
2017-10-24 Meets with former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. In addition to praising and thanking Mr. Russel for supporting Taiwan and helping to lay the foundation for Taiwan-US cooperation, expresses hope that he will continue to provide his valuable insights, promote bilateral exchanges, and work with Taiwan to advance regional peace, stability, and security.
2017-10-13 Meets with winners of the 55th Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award. Praises their contributions to letting the world see Taiwan’s transition and progress, and expresses hope that they will continue to better our society and the world.
2017-10-13 Together with Vice President Chen, hosts a state banquet for Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga, his wife, and his delegation, and later bids farewell to the state guests with full military honors.
2017-10-11 Attends the Yushan Forum: Asian Dialogue for Innovation and Progress, and makes fives pledges to implement the New Southbound Policy effectively.
2017-10-10 Meets with Honduran Second Vice President Ava Rossana Guevara Pinto and her husband Julio Cesar Gonzalez Cordova, and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga and his wife. Welcomes the visiting guests to celebrate the ROC’s National Day together with Taiwanese, and expresses hope that Taiwan can develop even closer partnerships with Honduras and Tuvalu.
2017-10-10 Delivers the 2017 National Day Address entitled “Better Taiwan.
2017-10-07 Presides over the ceremony to begin a light projection show against the backdrop of the Office of the President to celebrate  the 106th National Day.
2017-09-29 Presides over the third meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee. Expresses hope that the committee’s deliberations will raise the general level of understanding about indigenous issues.
2017-09-28 Attends a ceremony to acknowledge veteran teachers and present the Educational Dedication Awards and Educational Professionalism Awards. Expresses appreciation to the awardees for their contributions to nurturing our youth, and wishes all educators a happy Teacher’s Day.
2017-09-26 Welcomes Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Mrs. Sogavare with full military honors.  Hosts a state banquet and expresses hope that Taiwan and the Solomon Islands can deepen exchanges and cooperation in a spirit of “mutual assistance for mutual benefits,” thus increasing the well-being of the peoples in both nations.
2017-09-23 Attends the Taoyuan Enterprise Chamber General Meeting and Annual Celebration. Talks about the government’s decision to give a 3% pay raise to civil servants, public school teachers and military personnel, and expresses hope that the private sector will follow suit by increasing salaries, thereby boosting private consumption and promoting economic prosperity.
2017-09-12 Attends the Golden Comic Awards & Connection +. Emphasizes that the government will fully support the development of Taiwan comics industry to expand output value and achieve a higher international profile.
2017-09-11 Attends an exhibit showing successes achieved by students from Southeast Asian nations who study at the OCAC’s Overseas Youth Vocational Training School program. Emphasizes that technical and vocational training are part of mainstream education, and expresses hope that schools will develop the kinds of personnel that industries need. Notes that the government is promoting the New Southbound Policy, and welcomes overseas compatriot students from Southeast Asian nations to study in Taiwan to deepen relationships on both sides.
2017-09-09 Attends the Taoyuan Hakka Yimin Festival. Praises the “Yimin spirit” (of volunteer soldiers who sacrificed to defend their homeland) as an important cultural asset of Taiwan, and expresses hope that the Hakka community will work together to help Taiwan move forward. 
2017-09-05 Presides over a press conference announcing that she accepted the resignation of Premier Lin Chuan, who will be succeeded by Tainan City Mayor William Lai.
2017-09-02 Attends the opening of the 2017 National Cultural Congress. Expresses hope that Taiwanese will become more involved in cultural activities, becoming cultural citizens and cultivating Taiwan’s cultural diversity.
2017-08-31 Meets with athletes, coaches, and team staff representing Taiwan at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade. Lauds their stellar performances, and calls for more public support for the growth and development of Taiwan’s athletes.
2017-08-31 Attends a celebration for Armed Forces Day. Speaks highly of ROC military’s efforts to safeguard this nation and its people, and stresses the government’s determination to strengthen national defense, enhance combat capabilities, and pursue reforms.
2017-08-25 Meets with the chair of Alzheimer’s Disease International, Glenn Rees, and representatives from the Taiwan Alzheimer Disease Association. States that Taiwan will draft new dementia policy guidelines by the end of the year, fully support the WHO’s Global Plan of Action on the Public Health Response to Dementia, and create the best possible dementia care system.
2017-08-19 As president of the host country, officially opens the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade during a spectacular ceremony welcoming athletes from around the world.
2017-08-12 Presides over the summary meeting of the Presidential Office National Congress on Judicial Reform. Emphasizes that the key to judicial reform lies in subsequent action, and asks all government agencies involved to keep reforms firmly on track, enhance their efficacy, and pick up the pace to create a judicial system that the public can depend on.
2017-08-10 Attends the flag presentation ceremony for the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade. Expresses high hopes that all of the athletes will perform well, winning medals, honor, and glory for the home team.
2017-08-09 Attends the launch ceremony for Alian 96.3, Taiwan’s first nationwide indigenous language radio station. Notes that the station, together with Taiwan Indigenous TV, will further promote understanding of the nation’s indigenous heritage, including languages as well as culture, and contribute to advancing indigenous historical justice and transitional justice.
2017-08-07 Meets with former US Vice President Richard Cheney and reiterates the important implications of continuing to enhance the Taiwan-US strategic partnership in areas such as trade, investment, national defense, and people-to-people exchanges.
2017-08-01 Attends the 2017 National Administrative Conference for Indigenous Peoples, and emphasizes that the government will do everything it can to create an environment conducive to the learning and speaking of indigenous languages. Notes that in the future, Taiwan will expand exchanges with indigenous peoples around the world, and share its experience in promoting historical justice and transitional justice.
2017-07-31 Concerned about the damage caused by the Nesat and Haitang typhoons, visits the Fourth Combat Zone emergency operations center (Army 8th Regiment) in Kaohsiung City, and mobilizes all possible resources to help those affected get back to normal as soon as possible. Visits Linbian Township in Pingtung County to investigate typhoon damage, and stresses that the government will do everything possible to control flooding and implement a flexible and prompt compensation program.
2017-07-28 Inspects the Tainan Air Force Base and lauds the 443rd Tactical Fighter Wing’s recent efforts to protect Taiwan’s airspace with fearless resolve, meeting the situation head-on and showing no weakness; encourages servicemen and women to keep devoting their efforts to safeguarding national territory and protecting the values of freedom and democracy.
2017-07-20 Inspects the ROC Army Air Force’s elite special forces in Pingtung County’s Liangshan Base and stresses that her administration is now taking steps to improve the work environment for servicemen and women, pledging to review military pension systems in other countries and consider the special nature of military careers to create a pension system for Taiwan that will provide military personnel with the necessary level of care.
2017-07-17 Attends the opening ceremony for the 3rd Board Meeting and Annual General Meeting of the 24th Asia Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce. Encourages Taiwan businesses to increase domestic investment to create quality employment for our young people, and stresses that the government will continue to help businesses create a global presence to bolster Taiwan’s international competitiveness.
2017-07-13 Accompanies Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes to southern Taiwan’s largest city, Kaohsiung, to visit the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center and enjoy a panoramic view of Kaohsiung’s Asian New Bay Area. The tour helps the visitors understand the current state of Taiwan’s development, thereby promoting bilateral exchanges and mutual appreciation. Hosts a state banquet for President Cartes and his delegation.
2017-07-12 Welcomes Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes to Taiwan with full military honors and states that the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Paraguay is an important milestone in the bilateral relationship. Expresses hope that Taiwan and Paraguay will continue to cooperate and jointly create win-win situations. Afterwards, witnesses with President Cartes the signing of an economic cooperation agreement and an agreement that eliminates duplicate verification requirements for public documents.
2017-07-10 Attends the opening of Design M/m Taiwan exhibition at the Presidential Office Building. States that the government will continue to support the cultivation of design talent, making design competencies a tool to enhance quality of life and promote economic transformation, thus becoming an indispensable part of our national strength.
2017-07-10 Meets with 2013 Nobel economics laureate Professor Robert J. Shiller and representatives of the 2017 Joint Annual Conference of the Asian Real Estate Society and the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress. Emphasizes that housing policy is a key element of the administration’s overall plan, and that because secure living situations and gainful employment are the foundations of social progress, the government will do everything it can to meet its housing goals.
2017-07-10 Presides over the sixth meeting of the Presidential Office Preparatory Committee for the National Congress on Judicial Reform. Emphasizes that the people’s perspective must be the starting point for judicial reform, the results of reform discussions must be presented in language that the general public can understand, and the direction of reform must meet the public’s expectations.
2017-07-01 At a reception organized by the General Association of Chinese Culture, stresses the importance of helping culture take root and cultivating talent; that the government will continue working with the private sector, providing more resources to expand cultural and creative industries and increase their output value, developing Taiwan’s soft power from the ground up and then sharing it internationally.
2017-06-30 Presides over the second meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee, and stresses that the government is determined to fulfill the commitments it made when it apologized to Taiwan's indigenous peoples. She also expresses hope that the people of Taiwan can tap into their collective wisdom to clarify historical facts and spur societal communication so that the nation can move toward reconciliation.
2017-06-30 Makes a statement on pension reform, in which she thanks all civil servants and public school employees for their willingness, at a time when the nation is in difficulty, to sacrifice personal interests to the public good, and once again play a decisive role in helping to stabilize the nation. She also calls on people throughout society to appreciate the progress that has been achieved thus far in the nation's reform efforts, and maintain social solidarity.
2017-06-24 Attends an exhibition in memory of the deceased film director Chi Po-lin, and awards a presidential citation to recognize his remarkable contribution to raising public awareness about environmental protection. She stresses that the government will continue to promote the rehabilitation of Taiwan’s land to restore its vitality.
2017-06-19 Inspects the newly built pumping station at Wujie Township, Yilan County, and stresses that flood control is a national project of vital and lasting importance that cannot be postponed nor deterred by difficulties.
2017-06-13 Delivers an address regarding the decision by the Republic of Panama to end diplomatic relations with the Republic of China, and stresses that as president, her greatest responsibility is the protection of our national sovereignty. Greater challenges will only bring greater resolve. Our confidence as a people should not, and will not, be easily defeated. We will endure.
2017-06-05 Meets with a delegation from the Monte Jade Science & Technology Association, and says that statistics show Taiwan's economy is trending upward, but a nation's economic growth cannot just depend on favorable external conditions. It has to rely on its own strengths, so the government is now devoting its efforts to helping Taiwan develop its economic strengths.
2017-06-02 Attends the 70th Anniversary of Water Resource Day, and says that the government will promote water-related infrastructure using an accelerated, integrated and forward-looking approach so that in the future, Taiwan will have adequate water supplies, stronger flood defenses, access to clean, safe drinking water, and accessible waterfront spaces.
2017-05-28 Attends Reflections from the Far South: The 2017 Concert of the Presidential Office, which aims to bring, through music, the cultural and ethnic diversity of Pingtung County to more people, and to lead them in reflecting upon the culture and history from Taiwan's southern-most tip.
2017-05-27 Meets with members of Taiwan's WHA action team back from Geneva where the World Health Assembly was held, and praises the team for conducting bilateral talks and forums to enable the world to understand the fact that Taiwan is capable of making substantive contributions to worldwide health and safety, and is an indispensable part of the global disease prevention network.
2017-05-19 Meets with a group of overseas-based Chinese-language media and states that she has decided to use the first year of her first term in office to undertake the most difficult of reforms because, as a leader of a democratic country, she has a strong determination to carry out reforms; in the future, her administration will continue working to lead Taiwan in a better direction.
2017-05-08 Inspects the Yongan Fishing Harbor in Xinwu District, Taoyuan City, which is one of the infrastructure initiatives under the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program; reiterates that the Program is an investment made to ensure more balanced urban and rural development, and the government will implement it in a way that maintains fiscal stability to benefit the future generations instead of leaving debts.
2017-05-05 Has a joint interview by "The Hindu" from India, "Kompas" from Indonesia, "The Sun" from Malaysia, "The Philippine Daily Inquirer" from the Philippines, "The Straits Times" from Singapore, and "The Nation" from Thailand; elaborates the thinking and objectives of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy during the interview.
2017-04-29 Inspects the Dapumei Precision Machinery Park in Chiayi County, which has been targeted for development support under the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program, and emphasizes that the Program is designed to ensure more balanced development among the different regions of Taiwan so that all citizens can enjoy a higher standard of living.
2017-04-28 Meets with American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty, and expresses her hope that through exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and the US, Taiwan will be able to expand its international space.
2017-04-21 Inspects the Kaohsiung Light Rail System and reiterates the government's determination and will of taking action to develop Kaohsiung City. The president also pledges steadfast support for Kaohsiung's efforts to become a southern metropolis that people will be proud to call home.
2017-04-21 Meets with representatives of environmental protection groups and states that the government will accord the views of the public due consideration in the policymaking process to ensure win-win outcomes for both environmental protection and economic development.
2017-04-19 Delivers remarks on pension reform, in which she thanks military personnel, public servants, and educators for their understanding and says that it is their support that makes reform possible. The president also stresses that everyone in the current generation bears a shared responsibility to leave a sustainable and fair pension system for the next generation, so she will absolutely see the undertaking through to completion.
2017-04-14 Attends activity held in Changhua County to highlight the launch of green energy and infrastructure development projects with support under the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program and signals the central government's firm intention to work together with the Changhua County Government to develop the county's potential in green energy and build it up as a major generator of wind power.
2017-04-07 Attends a ceremony marking the 28th anniversary of the passing of Cheng Nan-jung (鄭南榕)and states that the government will continue pursuing policies designed to improve people's lives and bring about fairness and justice, including efforts to build a social safety net as well as sustainable pension and retirement systems, and to promote the Long-term Care 2.0 Plan.
2017-04-06 Inspects the Great Train Station and Hsinchu Light Rail projects in Hsinchu City and comments that the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program has been adopted to ensure Taiwan's sustainable development. The president also expresses hope that our efforts today will leave behind a top-quality regional infrastructure network that future generations will still be using a century from now.
2017-03-31 Inspects construction progress of a silt prevention tunnel at Tsengwen Reservoir and the aquatic environment infrastructure under the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program.
2017-03-28 Inspects a project to create a one-hour rail transport link that connects Taipei City, New Taipei City, and Taoyuan City into one metropolitan sphere. The president also inspects a green energy infrastructure project featuring a massive floating solar panel system in Taoyuan City's Xinwu District. Both projects are part of the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program.
2017-03-21 Attends a ceremony marking the departure of a detachment unit of the navy's Fleet of Friendship and the signing of a memorandum of cooperation to design Taiwan's first indigenous submarines, thus launching the program to domestically develop and manufacture submarines in Taiwan.
2017-03-20 Presides over the first meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee, where she elaborates on the three main goals of the committee—"to clarify historical facts, spur societal communication, and put forward policy proposals." The president also expresses hope that through the mechanism for equal-status dialogue between the government and the indigenous peoples, Taiwanese society will move toward reconciliation.
2017-03-18 Attends a reception marking the establishment of the Office of the President's Central Taiwan Office and stresses that the government will work to strengthen industrial development in central Taiwan by integrating central and local capabilities and resources, in order to realize the policy objective of “regional joint governance.”
2017-03-10 Attends a reception marking the opening of the Office of the President's Southern Taiwan Office, and stresses that we should not look at the world from Taipei's perspective alone. She also calls on all sectors of society to work together for southern Taiwan.
2017-03-08 Attends opening event for International Women's Day 2017, where she stresses that the government will work to eliminate employment barriers, boost the female labor participation rate, and make Taiwan a gender friendly society.
2017-03-07 Welcomes Republic of Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa and Mrs. Waqa with full military honors and, in the evening, a state banquet where the president expresses hope that Taiwan and Nauru can act in line with the spirit of "mutual assistance for mutual benefits" to enhance cooperation and work together for a better future.
2017-02-28 Attends the nation's main memorial ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the 228 Incident, emphasizing that the government will exercise maximum prudence in determining responsibility for the 228 Incident; hopes that the day will come when all the facts are laid bare, when the victimizers are willing to apologize, and the victims and their families are willing to forgive, so that democracy in Taiwan can move forward.
2017-02-18 Invites for the first time, respectively, representatives who support or oppose same-sex marriage to the Presidential Office and listens to their views, urging them to resolve the issue through dialogue.
2017-02-13 Attends the fourth meeting of Presidential Office Preparatory Committee for National Congress on Judicial Reform, expressing hope that the committee can act as quickly as possible to push forward with reforms that have strong consensus support, and to report to citizens on progress achieved.
2017-02-09 Attends 2017 Tourism Festival Awards Ceremony and says that the government will make a concerted effort to boost tourism, making Taiwan one of the important tourist destinations in Asia.
2017-02-07 Attends the ceremony to inaugurate Smart Machinery Promotion Office and stresses that Taiwan must seize on the opportunities of Industry 4.0, and that the government is determined to assist companies in innovation, “smartization” and branding.
2017-01-31 Inspects preparatory work to begin operation of the Taoyuan International Airport MRT. Expresses hope that the MRT line─Taiwan's longest─will prove well worth the wait for the public.
2017-01-22 Attends the National Congress on Pension Reform.
2017-01-14 Attends a state banquet hosted by El Salvador President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, who confers upon President Tsai the National Order of Jose Matias Delgado.
2017-01-12 Receives from Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales the Order of the Quetzal in the Degree of Great Collar during their joint press conference.
2017-01-10 Meets with Nicaraguan President José Daniel Ortega Saavedra.
2017-01-10 Holds bilateral talks and a joint press conference with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado.
2017-01-07 Embarks on a trip codenamed "Ing-Jie Project" to visit four diplomatic allies in Central America.
2017-01-01 Attends a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the 2017 New Year's Day. This is the first time the ceremony taking the form of a musical concert.
2016-12-31 Attends a year-end press conference at the Presidential Office for the domestic and international news media, and declares that the government during the coming year will make an all-out effort to boost the economy, continue forward with major reforms, respond to changing international conditions, maintain peace and stability, and seriously address divisive issues.
2016-12-29 Attends the 25th meeting of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee.
2016-12-27 Attends a preparatory meeting for establishment of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee.
2016-12-21 Attends the 2016 Forum on Opportunities for the New Southbound Policy, and shares that the policy had already kicked off and both the private and public sectors should proceed with a parallel, two-pronged approach. Through wide-ranging discussions and cooperation these two sectors can establish a new type of partnership with the countries targeted by the policy.
2016-12-10 Attends the activities marking Human Rights Day 2016 and pays regards to political victims and their family members. Speaks of the government's determination to achieve transitional justice and set the historical record straight.
2016-12-09 Attends the opening ceremony of the special exhibition "Sustainable Governance and Enduring Peace: An Exhibition Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Recovery of the South China Sea Islands." Reiterates that the Republic of China (ROC) has sovereignty over the South China Sea Islands and their relevant waters, and elaborates on the initial results and progress made on the "four principles" and "five actions" that the ROC government puts forth with regard to the South China Sea issue.
2016-12-06 Visits Yunlin County Senior Citizen's Welfare Protection Association for the inauguration of long-term care services co-provided by the association and the government. Voices hope that the private sector can work with the public to ensure that people could "find, see, access and afford" care services.
2016-12-05 Attends the award ceremony of the 2016 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards, and invites enterprises and start-up teams from all countries to come invest in Taiwan and make it their base to innovate and create new businesses.
2016-12-05 Attends the opening of the 10th National Conference on Science and Technology organized by the Executive Yuan.
2016-12-03 Speaks by phone with US President-elect Donald J. Trump.
2016-11-28 Attends the International Innovation Forum for the 2nd Presidential Innovation Award, and elaborates on the government's endeavors - including the overall direction and concrete measures - to spur innovative industries. The goal is to pioneer the full range of innovation activities and design a better future.
2016-11-26 The Economist magazine's annual "The World in 2017" publishes an article penned by President Tsai entitled "Turning Taiwan into a tiger again".
2016-11-25 Presides over the first meeting of the Preparatory Committee for National Congress on Judicial Reform.
2016-11-24 Delivers remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry, noting that Asian countries should step up economic integration and pursue greater equality in the distribution of wealth.
2016-11-22 Appears with Dr. Jane Goodall in a panel discussion entitled "Leading the Change - The Power of the Young". Shares her personal experiences and praises young people for their ideas and passion for getting involved in public affairs.
2016-11-19 Attends the 2016 Concert of the Presidential Office, which returns after a five-year hiatus and features, for the very first time, braille versions of the invitation and program for visually impaired guests.
2016-11-17 Attends the "2016 Meet Taipei" festival, and shares that the government will launch the "Digital Nation and Innovative Economic Development Program," "5+2 Industrial Innovation Program" and "Investment Expansion Program", and will push ahead with deregulation to create an environment that is innovation-friendly and conducive to start-up success.
2016-11-15 Attends the 2016 Taiwan-ASEAN Dialogue, and lays out the objectives of the government's New Southbound Policy, which are to strengthen mutual understanding, expand two-way exchanges, and forge strong and comprehensive partnerships.
2016-10-14 Visits Chiayi Industry Innovation and Research Center under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Praises the center's innovation and R&D achievements, and expresses hope that the innovative energy can be maximized to spark industrial development in Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan, thus achieving greater north-south balance.
2016-10-11 Meets with Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
2016-10-10 Attends the ROC's 105th Double Tenth National Day Celebration and delivers an address entitled“Forging Ahead: Achieving Reforms to Make the Country Great.”
2016-10-03 Attends the 2016 Taiwan Business Alliance Conference, and lays out the new model of economic development that the government is promoting to transform and upgrade industries and boost innovation. Expresses hope that foreign enterprises would continue to invest in Taiwan and create win-win outcomes.
2016-10-03 Meets with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado and his wife, and receives the Order of Francisco Morazan Grand Cross with Gold Star.
2016-09-21 Attends the launch of two major Coast Guard Administration vessels, codenamed Taitung and Pingtung, and declares the administration's priorities to introduce more advanced technology and make effective use of elite talent.
2016-09-13 Tours the new Presidential Office exhibition and attends tea reception to thank everyone who made it possible. The exhibition departs from past practices by taking "Power to the People" as its core theme, to highlight the fact that a president's authority originates from the people, and the Presidential Office is an embodiment of the people's trust and expectations.
2016-09-04 Convenes the heads of cabinet agencies and parliament, and mayors of special municipalities, for a discussion to facilitate the passage of priority legislations and accelerate pension reform.
2016-08-25 For the first time as Commander-in-Chief, presides over the 32nd Han Kuang military exercises and emphasizes her resolve to stand together with the armed forces.
2016-08-16 Convenes a meeting on international economic and trade strategy, which adapts guidelines for the New Southbound Policy.
2016-08-01 Attends 2016 National Administrative Conference for Indigenous Peoples.
2016-08-01 Issues an apology to Taiwan's indigenous peoples on behalf of the government.
2016-06-29 Addresses the National Congress of Paraguay.
2016-06-29 Meets with Paraguy President Horacio Cartes and receives the Marshal Francisco Solano Lopez Honor Medal. The two presidents sign a joint declaration and witness the signing of an Air Transport Agreement between the two countries, affirming the further deepening of bilateral cooperation.
2016-06-28 Meets with Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez. The two countries sign a cooperative agreement on immigration affairs and human trafficking prevention, thus signaling their determination to crack down on crime.
2016-06-27 Meets with Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina Sánchez and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado in Panama.
2016-06-24 Embarks on a journey to visit diplomatic allies Panama and Paraguay.
2016-06-23 Attends the first meeting of the Presidential Office Pension Reform Committee.
2016-06-03 Attends 2016 National Anti-Drug Conference, and declares the government's determination to fight against drugs and build a more comprehensive, seamless and robust social safety net.
2016-05-23 Meets with Kiribati President Taneti Maamau.
2016-05-22 Meets with Burkina Faso Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba.
2016-05-21 Meets with Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr.
2016-05-20 Meets with Paraguay President Horacio Cartes.
2016-05-20 Sworn in as the 14th-term President and delivers her inaugural speech.
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