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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

2017-07-31 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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