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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, a position she held until 2018.

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

2019-06-25 Attends a ceremony to witness the launch of Taiwan's Formosat-7 satellite constellation, where she states that the event marks the progress of Taiwan's aerospace technology and will allow us to provide the most powerful weather monitoring capabilities, which will contribute to disaster preparedness and mitigation, climate change, and environmentally sustainable development. And we will share the data we collected with countries across the globe, and make major contributions to the world.
2019-06-24 Visits Taichung Hospital's long-term care building, where she states that whether in homes, communities, or institutions, 'aging locally' is the principle the government adheres to and also the ultimate goal it's working to achieve. The central and local governments will work together and make every effort to improve both the quantity and quality of long-term care services.
2019-06-23 Visits Machouhou long-term care industrial park in Chiayi, and stresses that Taiwan is now in need of industrial land. Expresses hope that the Ministry of Economic Affairs and county and city governments will adopt a proactive attitude so that the industrial projects the government is promoting can proceed smoothly.
2019-06-23 Inspects prevention measures taken to control fall armyworms in Chiayi, explaining that the central and local governments will work together to establish a response mechanism to minimize the harm that fall armyworms caused for farmers.
2019-06-21 Attends a social housing groundbreaking ceremony in Taoyuan. States that promoting social housing is an investment in young people's future. The government will continue its efforts to reduce the burdens on young people so that they can start a family more easily.
2019-06-21 Attends 2019 National Prayer Breakfast in Taiwan. Explains that in terms of religious freedom, Taiwan is one of the freest countries in the world, and we are willing to share Taiwan's experience with more friends around the world. The government will continue to use policies and laws to protect every family and have a positive influence in Taiwan and throughout the world.
2019-06-18 Presides over the 10th meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee. States that restoring the use of indigenous names is a form of justice, and looks forward to initiating more dialogue, helping Taiwanese society better understand indigenous cultures, and gradually making the concepts of indigenous historical justice and transitional justice a part of the DNA of Taiwanese democracy.
2019-06-15 Attends a graduation ceremony at National Quemoy University. States that Taiwan is not just a country in the Taiwan Strait, but a member of the larger Pacific community. China should not be overlooked, but if our world view is "locked" on China, Taiwan will be unable to engage with the world. Encourages graduates from National Quemoy University, which is located at the frontline of cross-strait exchanges, to look at cross-strait relations with a global perspective, while facing challenges with an active mind so as to contribute to Kinmen County in the future.
2019-06-13 Issues a statement regarding the democratic protests  in Hong Kong, explaining that the situation in Hong Kong has not only made Taiwanese cherish their existing democratic system and way of life even more, but also made it clear to them that the “one country, two systems” model is not viable. The people of Hong Kong have the right to pursue their own democracy and freedom. Even more, they have the right to choose their own lifestyle and political system. Taiwan is a bastion of democracy in Asia, and we will always support these universal values.
2019-06-13 Meets with US and Japanese political science scholars from the Brookings Institution. States that Taiwan's determination to embrace the world will not change, and that working together with the United States and Japan, we hope to make even greater contributions to the international community.
2019-06-10 Attends the opening ceremony for the 2019 Asia Pacific Chapter Retraining Conference of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (FBINAA), where she states that Taiwan is a reliable partner and a force for good in the world. We are determined to do our part to combat international crime, because Taiwan is an irreplaceable part of global law enforcement endeavors.
2019-06-06 Inspects the third phase of the National Sports Park  project, and states that the government has a responsibility to give the athletes full support, providing them with the best resources and equipment so that they can focus wholly on their training. In the future, the government will push for new programs, giving priority to hiring outstanding retired players as coaches at the National Training Center, so that they can pass on their skills and experience and lay a solid foundation for Taiwan's athletics.
2019-06-06 Attends the plaque unveiling ceremony for the Taiwan Council for U.S. Affairs, where she states that for our countries, democracy is not just a slogan. It is a way of life for our people, and a fundamental value that protects their dignity. Based on our shared commitment to democratic values, we will ensure that Taiwan-US relations continue to move steadily forward, as we work together to promote a more free and open Indo-Pacific region.
2019-06-03 Meets with a visiting delegation of overseas pro-democracy activists, and states that Taiwan upholds democratic values and is concerned about the development of democracy and human rights in mainland China. Notes that these are universal values, and expresses hope that China will take this path.
2019-05-28 Inspects takeoff and landing exercises on the Changhua highway strip for the Han Kuang 35 exercise. Praises the precise actions and heroic performance of all armed forces personnel, and states that the most important goal of national defense is safeguarding national sovereignty and democratic freedoms. We are committed to holding on to every inch of our territory and national sovereignty, and steadfastly safeguarding our democratic freedoms.
2019-05-27 Nominates Yang Hui-chin, Tsai Tzung-jen, Shieh Ming-yan, and Lu Tai-lang as Grand Justices and sends the list of nominees to the Legislative Yuan for approval.
2019-05-25 Meets with the members of Taiwan's World Health Assembly (WHA) action team, reiterating that health issues and disease prevention efforts should transcend national borders, and that Taiwan, which contributes actively to international medical and public health undertakings, should not be excluded from the WHA. Regarding the renaming of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs (CCNAA)—Taiwan's representative office in the United States—as the Taiwan Council for US Affairs (TCUSA), she says the name change attests to the stability of Taiwan-US relations, and shows that support for Taiwan in the international community will continue to grow.
2019-05-24 Hosts a ceremony celebrating the commencement of production of Tuojiang-class frigates and high-speed minelayers by the ROC Navy. Emphasizes that the government is determined to bolster Taiwan's national defense self-sufficiency. Encourages everyone to give their all for Taiwan, and to be brave in facing challenges in national defense and economic transformation.
2019-05-23 Visits an offshore wind farm, and emphasizes that by localizing the wind power industry supply chain, we can foster the upgrade and transformation of domestic industries. Looks forward to everyone's joint efforts to help Taiwan's offshore wind energy industry prosper.
2019-05-21 Attends the launching ceremony for the China Steel Liberty. States that the name of this new vessel not only carries profound meaning by helping to advocate for Taiwan's democratic image, but also as a prime example of business collaboration. Even more importantly, it demonstrates Taiwan's strengths in shipbuilding and maritime engineering. Expresses hope that more vessels will soon follow, spurring growth in both upstream and downstream industrial chains, helping Taiwan's shipbuilding industry flourish once again.
2019-05-20 Holds a press conference where she shares with the public her administration's achievements over the past three years and responds to questions from the media. The 10 key areas for continued progress are: increase pay, cut taxes; expand investments; upgrade industries; a nuclear-free homeland; green energy; pension reform; long-term care and childcare; social housing; national defense self-sufficiency; and defend sovereignty.
2019-05-13 Meets with the Manufactures United General Association of Industrial Park of ROC and emphasizes that the government will be manufacturers' strongest backer. Welcomes Taiwanese firms back to Taiwan, and encourages them to replace "Made in China" products with high-quality "Made in Taiwan" products, so that they receive more orders from other countries.
2019-05-12 Meets with the winners of the 14th COLLEGE HIGH national dance competition, delivering on the promise she made last December, when she visited the competitors, that she would invite the winners to the Office of the President. States that young street dancers are gifted, and expresses hope that everyone can lend them their strongest support. Reminds students to always remember their reason for dancing, and to chase their dreams.
2019-05-11 Attends a forum themed "young people breaking the mold" with senior high school students, and shares her experiences with them. Explains that she uses social media to communicate directly with the people, and that democracy and freedom of speech are Taiwan's most important values, expressing hope that everyone would come together to safeguard these values.
2019-05-10
Convenes a high-level national security meeting, where she listens to reports on the possible impacts of and responses to the US-China trade dispute on Taiwan and the global economy, as well as a progress report on the national security team's implementation of the guidelines for countering the "one country, two systems model for Taiwan." In addition to instructing related agencies on appropriate response measures, holds a press conference to explain to the people that Taiwan's economic foundation is sound, and emphasizes that we must choose the correct path for economic development. Calls on the people to remain united and muster the determination to protect Taiwan in the face of major changes in cross-strait politics.
2019-05-09 Presides over a groundbreaking ceremony for Taiwan's indigenous submarine program's dedicated factory. Emphasizes that peace relies on national defense, and Taiwan is resolutely committed to achieving national defense self-sufficiency. States that Taiwan can build its own naval vessels, and encourages the navy, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), and CSBC Corporation to persevere in their dedication and bravery, overcome challenges, and build vessels that will be the pride of Taiwan.
2019-05-04 Inspects Jin Hua and Hai An Field Exercise No. 10, and expresses hope that our coast guard, navy, police, and firefighters will provide stronger security for our borders, safeguard our maritime territory, and open a new chapter in the sustainable development of our territorial waters by relying on facts to find the truth and incorporating technology into their operations.
2019-05-01 Meets with 2019 model workers and their spouses, and states that the government will continue to improve Taiwan's labor environment, provide more protection for workers, and deliver on promises to workers more quickly.
2019-04-30 Inspects a river improvement project at a pumping station in Keelung, where she explains that the restrictions on land development along the Keelung River were lifted thanks to the joint efforts of the central and local governments. The results will safeguard the rights of the people in this river basin, and create a better future for the city.
2019-04-30 Welcomes Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and First Lady Morales with military honors. Meets with the couple and hosts a state banquet in their honor. Explains that Taiwan will continue to uphold the principle of steadfast diplomacy and mutual assistance for mutual benefits to promote various cooperative projects with Guatemala, achieve win-win outcomes and make even more contributions to the international community.
2019-04-27 Attends a rally themed "Farewell to Nuclear Power for a Beautiful Future." Pledges again that the government will take concrete action in an all-out effort to promote transformation of the energy industry and develop renewable energy sources to create a non-nuclear homeland and reduce the burning of coal.
2019-04-25 Attends the GTI Asia Taipei Expo, where she explains that as Taiwan's smart technology industrial chains are growing stronger, the government is working to build Taiwan into the best digital technology R&D base in Asia so that the most outstanding game machines in the world will all be "Made in Taiwan."
2019-04-22 Meets with representatives from local environmental protection groups on Earth Day. States that she has met with environmental protection groups once a year over the past three years to fulfill her promise before assuming office as president, and more importantly, to listen to their views and exchange opinions. Calls on the public and private sectors to work together to chalk up even greater achievements in environmental affairs in the coming years.
2019-04-18 Attends a ceremony to unveil the new police uniform, which is a symbol of responsibility toward the nation and represents the image of the police force as a whole. Expresses hope that the newly designed uniform will boost the Taiwan police force’s new professional and clean-cut image, and help police officers perform their duties more safely and efficiently.
2019-04-17 Visits Air Defense Missile Command in Makung, Penghu County, and on behalf of the Taiwan people, shows appreciation and support to our brothers and sisters in uniform for staying on the alert and keeping us informed of China's military actions during this period.
2019-04-16 Convenes a meeting with national security heads regarding the recent long-range flights by fighter jets from China designed to harass Taiwan, where she instructs the Ministry of National Defense to closely monitor the PLA's military activities and immediately share information with relevant countries in the region. In addition, instructs all agencies involved in border control to monitor the purpose of visits by people entering Taiwan. If visitors are suspected of coming to Taiwan to advocate the "one country, two systems" model or "unification by force," to incite military conflict or intimidate Taiwanese and thereby putting national security and social stability at risk, the government should adopt appropriate control measures, and when necessary, deny such persons entry into Taiwan.
2019-04-16 Welcomes St. Christopher and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris with military honors. Meets with and confers the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon on the prime minister, and hosts a state banquet in his honor. States that Taiwan and St. Christopher and Nevis share universal values of freedom, democracy, and the rule of law, and that we will continue to work together to promote progress and prosperity in our countries.
2019-04-16 Attends the opening ceremony of the 2019 Indo-Pacific Dialogue, and emphasizes that as a full partner in the United States' Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, Taiwan is ready, willing and able to do more in the Indo-Pacific and beyond. Expresses hope to work together with the United States to forge a new era in the Taiwan-US partnership.
2019-04-15 Attends the "TRA and AIT@40: Celebrating 40 Years of Friendship" reception hosted by the American Institute in Taiwan, where she states that the TRA is more than just a policy, it is a commitment to the values of freedom and democracy. And that commitment has defined the partnership between Taiwan and the US, and made us an indispensable force for good in the region and around the world. Taiwan and the US have achieved so much together over the past four decades, and she has every reason to believe that the best is yet to come.
2019-04-15 Meets with former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan, and thanks him for his contributions to Taiwan-US relations during his tenure, as well as the members of the US Senate and House of Representatives for their longstanding support for Taiwan. Expresses hope that ties between Taiwan and the United States will grow even closer, and that we can create a peaceful, stable, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific based on our strong cooperative partnership.
2019-04-09 Accepts an invitation from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Brookings Institution, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) to participate in a videoconference from the Presidential Office along with important US political figures and scholars.
2019-04-06 Attends the 2019 Presidential Office Concert, the largest ever, in front of the Presidential Office Building, joining the public for a cross-generational, genre-transcending musical feast, which is free and open to the general public for the first time.
2019-03-30 Attends a banquet commemorating the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Taiwan Relations Act and the first anniversary of the Taiwan Travel Act. States that Taiwan is at the forefront of the world's struggle to resist Chinese pressure, and that as long as we safeguard our sovereignty, refrain from engaging in rash behavior, and refuse to buckle under pressure, we can help maintain regional peace and stability and win the support of the international community.
2019-03-29 Attends an unveiling ceremony and an exhibit of the Taiwan Urban Regeneration & Financial Services Co. Ltd (TURFS). Expresses hope that TURFS and government agencies will work together to proactively engage in the reconstruction of dangerous and old buildings as well as urban renewal, so that people can live in a safe and sound homeland.
2019-03-28 Attends a videoconference with US Heritage Foundation during a transit stop in Hawaii. States that Taiwan will continue to establish closer partnerships with like-minded countries. Delivers remarks at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport after concluding her "Oceans of Democracy" state visits. Emphasizes that Taiwan is a contributor to the Indo-Pacific region, and our government will continue to lead Taiwan through the many challenges ahead, so that we can engage with the world with pride and dignity, and be a true maritime power.
2019-03-27 Makes a transit stop in Hawaii on her diplomatic mission under the theme "Oceans of Democracy." Attends a banquet with Taiwanese expatriates, where she explains the government’s reform achievements over the past three years, emphasizes that although we face internal challenges and external pressure, everyone should be confident in Taiwan as we continue to strive for the future of the next generation of Taiwanese people.
2019-03-26 Arrives in the Marshall Islands. Participates in the Pacific Women Leaders' Coalition Conference, where the president expresses hope to work with allies in the region to achieve greater gender equality. Witnesses, together with Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands regarding Women Business Start-up Small Loan Revolving Fund. Attends a state banquet held by President Heine.
2019-03-25 Attends official welcome ceremony in Nauru, confers the Order of Brilliant Jade with Grand Cordon on Nauru President Baron Waqa, and holds bilateral talks. Addresses the Parliament of Nauru, briefs her audience on Taiwan and Nauru's cooperative accomplishments in the fields of education, agriculture, and medicine, thanks Nauru for its support for Taiwan's international participation, and expresses hope for closer exchanges. Later on, attends a state banquet hosted by Nauru President Waqa.
2019-03-24 Attends a breakfast meeting with Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. and a group of local leaders. Conveys appreciation to the government and people of Palau for their warm hospitality. Declares that the diplomatic friendship between Taiwan and Palau will continue to grow stronger, ushering in a new period of closer bilateral cooperation. Departs Palau and arrives at the Nauru International Airport.
2019-03-23 Visits the Palau Division of Marine Law Enforcement to observe a coast guard search and rescue drill. Takes a boat to Nikko Bay and Dolphin Bay to learn about Palau's progress in ecological conservation. Visits Airai Bai (men's meeting house) and Belau National Museum to experience Palau's Austronesian culture. Visits the Belau National Hospital and witnesses a ceremony for the donation of medical equipment by the Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital to the Palau Ministry of Health.
2019-03-22 Meets with Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. for wide-ranging discussions on issues of mutual concern. Visits the Palau National Congress and inspects the Taiwan Technical Mission in Palau. Attends a state banquet held by President Remengesau in the evening and witnesses the signing of an agreement on coast guard cooperation.
2019-03-21 Departs on state visits to three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Pacific—Palau, Nauru, and the Marshall Islands, marking the beginning of an eight-day, seven-night trip under the theme "Oceans of Democracy." Before boarding the plane, explains the delegation's three major tasks on this trip: international cooperation, international participation, and showing the world Taiwan's efforts.
2019-03-20 Meets with the Lamigo Monkeys (Taoyuan), champion of the 2018 Taiwan series of the Chinese Professional Baseball League to show how much the government values baseball. Emphasizes that the "three arrows" raft of measures to promote the development of baseball in Taiwan are on track, and that the government will continue to support this national sport.
2019-03-19 Attends the opening ceremony of the Taiwan Cyber Security Summit 2018. Emphasizes that the "cybersecurity is national security" and therefore is one of her administration's key policy objectives. Expresses hope that joint efforts by the public and private sectors will help Taiwan develop stronger response and defense capacities against cyberattacks.
2019-03-14 Presides over the ninth meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee. Emphasizes that the more complex the issue, the more patient we must be in dealing with it. The government has the determination to reflect upon past policy mistakes, and move steadily toward true reconciliation and cooperation. We will build a Taiwanese identity that all people aspire to, one that is firmly rooted in this land.
2019-03-11 After convening a National Security Meeting, proposes guidelines as a basis for action by Taiwan's national security team and executive branch to effectively counter the immense national security challenge posed by China's "one country, two systems model for Taiwan," and to safeguard our national sovereignty, freedom, and democracy.
2019-03-11 Attends the opening ceremony for A Civil Society Dialogue on Securing Religious Freedom in the Indo-Pacific Region. Says that the state should not interfere with or control religious organizations, and that the government should create an environment of tolerance and acceptance, and a respect for minorities and diversity. Taiwan will continue to strengthen partnerships with friends around the globe to create a world where people are free from fear of persecution, and fear of exile because of their religion or ethnicity.
2019-03-05 Meets with Taiwan Social Welfare League. Explains the government's social welfare policies and achievements. Expresses hope that through sharing their experiences and practical challenges, social welfare groups will work together with the government to promote the next phase of our social welfare policies.
2019-02-28 its down with CNN and Nikkei on February 18-19 and February 28, respectively, and answers questions regarding current international conditions, Taiwan-US relations, Taiwan-Japan relations, and cross-strait relations.
2019-02-28 Attends the nation's main memorial ceremony to mark the 72nd anniversary of the 228 Incident, themed "Truth--Dignity--Moving Forward Together." Stresses that the government's goal in promoting transitional justice is to enable all persons residing in Taiwan to live each day with peace of mind, without fear of violent government oppression or of being taken away by police in the middle of the night, never to return, and to enjoy the right to read freely, express opinions freely and create a better democratic society together.
2019-02-27 Invites cargo truck operators and firms to a reception, where she reiterates that our administration is absolutely not trying to "destroy" older vehicles, and praises Executive Yuan Premier Su and his team for proposing a solution identifying 6 areas for improvement. Emphasizes her position and determination that the government will strive to reduce the burden on drivers and firms, and fight air pollution together.
2019-02-25 Attends a press conference announcing the Coast Guard Administration's largest ever bust of a drug-smuggling warehouse, where she reiterates that anti-drug work is the government's top priority, and we will continue to promote a joint regional defense mechanism, integrate six major systems, bolster enforcement capabilities, and construct a strong social safety net including families, communities, and schools, to solve the drug problem at its source.
2019-02-25 Visits the Longqi landfill site, where she learns about the site's history and opinions of locals. Praises Taiwanese people for using democratic mechanisms to make their voices heard and enact change, and promises to instruct the Executive Yuan and local governments to establish a task force to solve longstanding issues related to the Longqi landfill together.
2019-02-25 Attends the opening ceremony for the Taiwan CAR Lab, and states that autonomous vehicle technology is an opportunity that Taiwan's industry cannot afford to miss. Under cooperation from central and local governments, local vehicle component manufacturers and the overall technological industry will reach new heights.
2019-02-23 Invites taxi operator representatives to a reception in order to understand current industry conditions and challenges. States that the government will aid in the overall upgrade of the industry to respond to passengers' needs and expectations through three major initiatives: subsidies for vehicle replacement, increased assistance for diversified taxis, and promoting the use of group taxis in remote areas.
2019-02-21 Visits the Hsinchu Moat. In response to questions about marriage equality issues, expresses her hope that the draft legislation proposed by the Executive Yuan will successfully pass the Legislative Yuan, making Taiwan an example for democratic societies. Also calls for Taiwanese citizens to accept changes with tolerance in the spirit of mutual understanding, in order to resolve differing viewpoints together.
2019-02-21 Inspects the National Space Organization, where she presents a certificate of flight readiness for Formosat-7. Praises the research and development team for their hard work and dedication over the years, and expresses hope that Formosat-7 will become a powerful tool for weather forecasting and disaster mitigation, allowing Taiwan to contribute more to sustainable development and combating climate change.
2019-02-20 Holds a corridor chat in response to the issue of a cross-strait peace agreement, in which she states that China has not abandoned the threat of the use of force against Taiwan, and continues to force "one country, two systems" on Taiwan. Under these circumstances, there can be no equality in negotiations, and thus no true peace. States that Taiwan is a democracy with a clear direction: freedom, democracy, security, and prosperity, and Taiwan will determine its own future.
2019-02-13 Attends Lunar New Year reception for Taiwanese SMEs. Emphasizes that in the new year, the government will strive to expand domestic demand, continue to pursue industrial upgrades, and create a better investment environment. Together, Taiwan and SMEs will seek stability, adapt, and progress amid global changes.
2019-01-26
Thanks the Coast Guard Administration's 13th Offshore Flotilla for their hard work, and reminds guardspeople that even during the Lunar New Year, they must approach their work to protect our borders and prevent diseased pigs from entering Taiwan rigorously and to the highest standards of disease prevention, and that they must be prepared for a long-term battle against African swine fever.
2019-01-25 Inspects the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology's (NCIST) Systems Manufacturing Center. Expresses hope that NCIST will speed mass production of combat-ready weapons and accelerate the transmission of knowledge to new talent, expand diversified cooperation between industry, government, and academia, both domestically and internationally, and establish a foundation for the next 50 years of the national defense industry.
2019-01-22 Thanks the Highway Police Bureau's 6th Division and Longtan Brigade for their hard work. Explains that the Executive Yuan has already approved increases to hazard pay for highway police, and that the government will continue updating equipment and improving pay and benefits for highway police, to allow them to patrol more safely and receive better healthcare.
2019-01-20 Attends an afternoon tea for the release of a special book on 40th anniversary of the Kaohsiung Qiaotou Incident, where she discusses stories from the time period. States that the democracy and freedom we enjoy now did not fall from the sky, and hopes young people will take up responsibility for Taiwan's future with bravery and determination by learning about historical events.
2019-01-19 Receives the recipients of the 2018 Phoenix Awards. Reiterates that the government must give its full support to firefighters on the front lines. In addition to upgrading manpower and personal equipment for firefighters, we must also promote a charitable trust fund for healthcare, to guarantee their rights and ensure that they receive better care. 
2019-01-15 Meets with and thanks the Army's Hua-Tung Defense Command Tank Battalion for their hard work. Emphasizes that the government will utilize the "3 Commitments"—commitment to defending Taiwan's sovereignty and security, commitment to protecting our free and democratic way of life, and commitment to strengthening Taiwan—in order to maintain stability, responsiveness, and progress amid changes in the international sphere.
2019-01-11 Attends the 34th meeting of the Presidential Office Human Rights Consultative Committee. Expresses hope that committee members will provide suggestions based on their expertise in the new term. States that in the future she will lead government colleagues to face challenges with courage and push for more comprehensive human rights policies.
2019-01-11 Holds a press conference at the Presidential Office Building to announce that she has accepted the resignation of Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德), and that his successor will be Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌).
2019-01-08 Meets with and hosts a state banquet for Nauru President Baron Divavesi Waqa and his wife. Expresses gratitude for Nauru’s strong support for Taiwan, and for the passage of Nauru’s first legislative resolution supporting Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the United Nations (UN) system. Expresses hope for continued cooperation to promote mutual development.
2019-01-05 Attends a reception for the international press corps stationed in Taiwan. Stresses that the people of Taiwan absolutely will not accept the "one country, two systems" model for Taiwan, an adoption that China's president has recently pushed for. Calls on China to move towards democracy and see Taiwan from a democratic perspective, which is the only way to understand what Taiwanese really think and gain the trust of international society.
2019-01-04 Inspects measures being taken against African swine fever (ASF) in Kinmen. States that we should not let down our guard against, nor take any chances regarding this ASF outbreak, noting that the public should be prepared for a long-term battle against the epidemic. Calls on China once again to maintain close and effective control over sick and dead pigs and promote transparency by following relevant agreements signed by the two sides and sharing information on epidemic prevention by establishing an epidemic notification platform.
2019-01-02 Responding to a speech delivered by China's President Xi Jinping (習近平) commemorating the 40th anniversary of the so-called "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan," emphasizes that we have never accepted the "1992 Consensus." The fundamental reason is because the Beijing authorities' definition of the "1992 Consensus" is "one China" and "one country, two systems." Taiwan absolutely will not accept "one country, two systems." The vast majority of Taiwanese also resolutely oppose "one country, two systems," and this opposition is the "Taiwan consensus."
2019-01-01 Delivers a new year's address, stating that the new year will be a year of fighting for our livelihoods, protecting our democracy, and safeguarding our sovereignty. Commenting on cross-strait relations, calls on China that it must face the reality of the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan); it must respect the commitment of the 23 million people of Taiwan to freedom and democracy; it must handle cross-strait differences peacefully, on a basis of equality; and it must be governments or government-authorized agencies that engage in negotiations. These "four musts" are the most basic and crucial foundations that will determine whether cross-strait relations develop in a positive direction.
2018-12-28 Attends a press conference for the opening of the Chinese Professional Baseball League's 30th Anniversary Exhibition. Explains that Taiwan's national sport of baseball emphasizes never giving up and growing from adversity. Baseball teaches us to maintain an all-out fighting spirit and never give up.
2018-12-25 Attends a rank conferral ceremony for the senior officers of the armed forces for the first half of 2019. Praises the military as the core that solidifies national security, and expresses hope that the officers promoted will work towards the three goals of substantive innovation, strengthening overall national defense, and defending our home and country, in order to defend the security of Taiwan and the region.
2018-12-22 Visits Yunlin County to inspect kitchen waste management processes and talk with pig farmers. Once again calls for citizens to take the African swine fever epidemic seriously and instructs the Executive Yuan's Council of Agriculture to create an action plan and corresponding measures as quickly as possible.
2018-12-21 Presides over the eighth meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee. States that negotiations on issues involving Asia Cement Corporation have made progress and also emphasizes that by achieving transitional justice, Taiwan can become even more democratic, free, equal, and tolerant, and become a nation that truly embraces transitional justice.
2018-12-19 Visits Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to inspect border control measures to prevent the spread of African swine fever and related diseases. Learns about inspection and search and seizure procedures and calls on the people to be more vigilant to prevent the spread of African swine fever to Taiwan together.
2018-12-18 Attends talks with Taoyuan City Government. Discusses major infrastructure planning in Taoyuan with Mayor Cheng Wen-Tsan (鄭文燦) and expresses hope for closer cooperation between central and city governments in the future to create rapid growth for Taoyuan City and transform it into Taiwan's strongest, youngest, and most futuristic metropolis.
2018-12-18 Holds a corridor chat at the Presidential Office, where she calls on the people to prevent the spread of African swine fever to Taiwan. When asked by media about statues of former President Chiang Kai-shek, the redesign of the New Taiwan Dollar, and the removal of the military honor guard from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, says that these are not issues that can be decided by any individual or agency. States that the goal of the Transitional Justice Commission is to uncover the truth and promote the people's reconciliation with historical events, and that this process is crucial to society. 
2018-12-13 Visits Taipei North Gate Square and listens to a presentation by the Taipei City Government on the West District Gateway Project. Learns about Taipei City Government's plans for infrastructure construction, and takes inventory of important areas for cooperation between local and central government, in order to make cooperation more focused and efficient.
2018-12-11 Holds a corridor chat at the Presidential Office regarding issues of concern to citizens. Emphasizes political policies must take into account the burden on the people, and expresses hope for normal and healthy cross-strait exchanges.
2018-12-10 Presents the 13th Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award to the Gusdurian Network Indonesia. Expresses hope that all of our like-minded friends in the international community will work together to form a strong alliance of shared values, so we can contribute even more to the world.
2018-12-06 Holds a corridor chat at the Presidential Office, where she states that the administration's most important task after the 9-in-1 elections is to reflect on and review their performance and to open dialogues throughout society. Only in this way can we come to better understand the people's thoughts.
2018-11-29 Attends the Opening Ceremony of the "2018 Taiwan Healthcare+ Expo" and emphasizes Taiwan's incomparable advantages: exceptional healthcare technologies, a complete tech industry supply chain, and outstanding biotech and pharmaceutical industry capabilities. Looks forward to Taiwan's healthcare sector tapping into international cooperation networks to create endless possibilities for Taiwan's next-generation healthcare technology industries.
2018-11-15 Attends the unveiling ceremony for the National Communications and Cybersecurity Center. States that the inauguration of the Center is an important milestone in Taiwan's cybersecurity defense, and is a concrete implementation of Taiwan's "cybersecurity is national security" strategy. Expresses hope that Taiwan's cybersecurity team-- the National Security Council, the Cybersecurity Department of the Executive Yuan, and the National Communications Commission-- will quickly complete cybersecurity defense mechanisms for their areas of jurisdiction to create a sound protection system and a strong line of defense for Taiwan's cybersecurity.
2018-11-13 Attends a ceremony for the opening of the Renshui Tunnel as part of the Suhua Highway Improvement Project. Expresses government's commitment to promoting the construction of freeways and railways and the maintenance and management of transportation equipment to provide residents of Eastern Taiwan with a safe route home.
2018-11-12 Welcomes Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau and Mrs. Remengesau with full military honors, meeting and state banquet. Thanks Palau for speaking up on behalf of Taiwan's participation in the international community for many years, and looks forward to continued cooperation with the Republic of Palau on issues including climate change, marine resources, and clean energy, so as to promote progress and development in both countries and benefit more people.
2018-11-12 Attends the International Scientific Leaders' Forum, marking Academia Sinica's 90th Anniversary. Looks forward to Taiwan collaborating with preeminent scientists and experts from around the world to forge deeper ties of knowledge, start more joint research programs, advance scientific development, and benefit all our societies.
2018-11-12 Meets with the Taiwan delegation that will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week activities. Emphasizes that Taiwan is a major link in the global digital economy supply chain, and can also contribute much to innovative governance and promoting inclusive growth. Also expresses hope that the delegation will complete its mission and highlight Taiwan's importance in the digital economy.
2018-11-09 Attends the 72nd Industrial Festival. States that the government will continue to work with industry to enhance and transform Taiwan's economy in the face of changes in the international political economy and reorganization of the global industry division of labor.
2018-11-08 Attends a ceremony commissioning two naval vessels Mingchuan and Fengchia. Expresses the importance the government attaches to strengthening military capabilities, and once again conveys the message of the Taiwanese people to the world: We will not concede in defending the Republic of China (Taiwan) and our free, democratic way of life!
2018-11-01 Attends the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 International Forum on Legal Aid: Expanding the Horizons of Legal Aid. Affirms that the legal aid system contributes to implementing the people's right to institute legal proceedings and their right to equality, as guaranteed under our Constitution. Also encourages our legal aid partners to continue their efforts to help all those in need, and gradually remove judicial barriers.
2018-10-29 Converses by phone with Eswatini's King Mswati III. Thanks King Mswati III for his condolences following the train derailment in Yilan County. 
Exchanges views on issues including reciprocal visits by the respective heads of state over the past year; bilateral economic, medical and power plant cooperation projects; and the appointment of a new Eswatini prime minister. Expresses hope that the meaningful cooperation projects our two nations are now working on will move the bilateral relationship forward.
2018-10-28 Attends a ceremony marking the completion and inauguration of the second phase of the Taichung Metropolitan Area Railway Elevation Project. In response to the Puyuma Express train accident on October 21, states that a thorough investigation into the incident, as well as a comprehensive safety inspection of the Puyuma Express and the Taiwan Railway Administration, should be conducted to see necessary reforms through.
2018-10-22 Early in the morning, inspects the Xinma Station in Yilan County in the wake of the Puyuma Express train accident, which derailed on October 21 and caused heavy casualties. There she is briefed on how the incident happened and what rescue operations and transport measures have been implemented. Goes on to visit the injured and the families of the victims in the Suao Branch of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital Lotung, Lotung Poh-Ai Hospital, and National Yang-Ming University Hospital in Yilan County. Instructs related agencies to clarify the cause of the incident as soon as possible, and expresses hope that all of our citizens can weather these difficult times together.
2018-10-15 Meets with the ROC contingent to the Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games. Praises the coaches and the athletes for putting forth effort and perspiration to win distinction for the nation. Expresses hope that the Ministry of Education and the Sports Administration will continue to support our athletes and sports events, and promote sports and recreational activities, including those for physically and mentally disabled athletes.
2018-10-15 Attends the opening ceremony of the National Biotechnology Research Park. States that Taiwan’s biopharmaceutical industry will be the key source of competitiveness for our next generation. The inauguration of the park will create a clustering effect and drive innovation and development in the field.
2018-10-11 Attends the opening ceremony of the Yushan Forum. Explains Taiwan's efforts to promote a sustainable future in the region, demonstrating the spirit of the forum and our New Southbound Policy: Taiwan helps Asia, and Asia helps Taiwan.
2018-10-10 Meets a delegation led by former South African President F. W. de Klerk and his wife. Emphasizes that Taiwan and South Africa share values that promote democracy, peace, and transitional justice. Taiwan will continue to uphold those values, and work with like-minded countries to fulfill our responsibilities to the international community.
2018-10-10 Attends the ROC's 107th Double Tenth National Day Celebration, and delivers an address entitled "Democratic Taiwan Lights up the World." Explains that Taiwan will respond to dramatic changes in international politics and economics by seeking stability, adaptability, and making progress, and build a stronger Taiwan by strengthening national security, the economy, and the social safety net.
2018-10-09 Welcomes Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, who is here to participate in the ROC's National Day celebrations, with full military honors. Meets with the prime minister and hosts a state banquet in his honor. Thanks Saint Lucia for supporting Taiwan, and the prime minister for the importance he places on our diplomatic relationship. Expresses hope that Taiwan and Saint Lucia will continue to enhance bilateral relations so that together, we can create even more cooperative achievements.
2018-10-08 Welcomes Republic of Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benítez and his wife to Taiwan with full military honors. Meets with and hosts a state dinner for President and Mrs. Abdo. Confers the Order of Brilliant Jade with Grand Cordon on President Abdo, and thanks him for leading a delegation to Taiwan to take part in the ROC's National Day celebrations. Together with the Paraguayan president, signs a joint declaration reiterating that Taiwan and Paraguay pledge to continue enhancing their long-standing friendly ties, founded on the shared values and principles of a democratic system.
2018-10-05 Attends a ceremony to announce the cancellation of the criminal records of the victims of past political repression to rectify unjust court verdicts from the Martial Law period. Stresses that Taiwan's democracy will not revert to the old path, and neither will the value of transitional justice. We will continue to draw on the lessons of history to achieve true reconciliation with the same resolute attitude in the future.
2018-10-01 Attends the 2018 International Conference on Constitutional Court and Human Rights Protection. Expresses hope that after our judicial reform, especially the adoption of Constitutional Litigation Law, the Justices of the Constitutional Court will continue to guide the stable development of our democratic constitutional order and to protect the constitutional rights of our people in a more effective and comprehensive manner.
2018-09-29 Attends the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asia Pacific Think-tank Summit. Praises the Summit for becoming one of the preeminent platforms for subject experts from around the globe. Expresses hope that we can strengthen Taiwan's cooperation with like-minded countries in investment, trade, and infrastructure through in-depth discussions on Indo-Pacific strategy, making Taiwan a critical force driving regional development for years to come.
2018-09-28 Presides over the seventh meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee. Emphasizes that the goal of transitional justice is to restore the truth, and that discussing the history of oppression suffered by indigenous peoples will help us realize that to safeguard their education, languages, and cultures is to uphold fairness and justice. We have to both honestly face our history, and honestly reflect on our nation's mistakes, to address transitional justice regarding the authoritarian era, and the even broader issues of transitional justice for indigenous peoples.
2018-09-25 Attends the opening ceremony of the 24th congress of the World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce. Explains that as Taiwan's "startup corridor" is taking shape, the government will continue to offer tax incentives, cultivate and bring in outstanding innovative talent to make Taiwan a hub for venture capital in Asia, and invite all Taiwan firms to increase their investment in Taiwan.
2018-09-19 Attends the joint opening ceremony of the 2018 Energy Taiwan & Circular Economy Taiwan. Explains that Taiwan has some of the world's best wind farms and one of the best environments for developing offshore wind power, and that by integrating environmental protection and technology, Taiwan can embrace the circular economy era. Expresses hope that firms from around the world will invest in Taiwan, which embraces green energy and environmental protection.
2018-09-07 Attends the opening ceremony of the sixth National Agricultural Congress. States that faced with the challenges of global climate change, trade liberalization, and an aging agricultural labor population, “new era” farmers have to use innovative thinking to consider how they can coexist and thrive with the environment. Says we hope to draw on the wisdom, experience and knowledge of the participants to reposition and find new solutions for Taiwan agriculture.
2018-09-04 Meets with representatives from the ROC contingent to the Asian Games 2018 Jakarta-Palembang, and thanks the athletes for their outstanding performances, seeking glory for our country, and raising Taiwan's international profile. Pledges that the government will provide better logistics support, and speed up progress toward our goal of "doubling the sports budget."
2018-08-30 Attends activities to mark 2018 ROC Armed Forces Day and All-Out Defense Education Day. On behalf of the people of Taiwan, thanks the armed forces for safeguarding the nation and its people during the recent devastating floods in central and southern Taiwan. Explains the government's determination to increase the national defense budget, enhance national defense self-sufficiency, and fully support the nation’s armed forces.
2018-08-25 Makes a two-day inspection of Chiayi and Tainan, listening to the public’s concerns and suggestions. Visits and interacts with the disaster victims to get a better picture of the damage caused by the recent torrential rain in southern Taiwan, and the response measures taken by local governments. Consults military about post-disaster support efforts, and pledges that the government will do everything possible to assist recovery and prevent any disease outbreak so that disaster victims can resume normal life as soon as possible.
2018-08-21 Issues a statement on the termination of diplomatic relations with El Salvador, noting that China’s suppression of Taiwan has not ceased, and has only become all-pervasive, and its actions around the world have already caused serious global instability. Now is not the time for political parties to compare cross-strait policies. Now is the time to come together as one, and join forces to defend the shared bottom line of our national sovereignty. Over the past two years, the people of Taiwan have proven to the world that threats will not force Taiwanese to give up freedom and democracy, or abandon our determination to contribute to the international community. In the future, we will continue to appeal to like-minded countries to join us in combatting China's international conduct, which is spinning out of control. We will also call on our diplomatic allies to cherish their long-standing friendship with Taiwan, and our contributions to their substantive development.
2018-08-20 During stopover in Houston, Texas, attends a business roundtable with representatives of Taiwanese companies operating in the region, and visits the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute. Returns to Taiwan, concluding her trip to Paraguay and Belize. Delivers remarks at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, emphasizing that the delegation has taken concrete action to show to the world that Taiwan will not bow to pressure. Pressure will only make Taiwan stronger and more unified, and strengthen its determination to engage with the world.
2018-08-19 During transit in Houston, Texas, attends a dinner banquet for Taiwanese expatriates and explains the government's reform achievements, emphasizing that she is guiding the reform process, and is as determined and confident as ever to lead her administration to transform Taiwan, and asks all Taiwanese living abroad to work with the government to fight for Taiwan. Visits the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
2018-08-18 Before addressing the National Assembly of Belize, receives the Key to the City of Belmopan from Mayor Khalid Belisle. Visits Belize's Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET), and witnesses a computer donation ceremony. Has a breakfast meeting with the Taiwan Technical Mission in Belize, expressing hope that Taiwan will not only provide its diplomatic allies with needed technical assistance, but will also help them create better employment opportunities and promote development.
2018-08-17 Arrives in Belize, inspects the ROC Embassy there, and poses for photos with her delegation in front of the "Taiwan Street" and "#1 Taiwan St." street signs outside the embassy compound. Following a visit to the Museum of Belize, receives the Order of Belize from Governor General Sir Colville Young, and attends a state banquet hosted by His Excellency. Visits and holds talks with the Governor-General and Prime Minister Dean Barrow.
2018-08-16 Meets with Honduran Vice President Olga Alvarado, also in Paraguay for the inauguration ceremony of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benite, to discuss future Taiwan-Honduran cooperation. Hosts a banquet for representatives of Taiwanese expatriate community in Paraguay, thanks the expatriates for their concern and support for Taiwan, and encourages them to work with the government to bring Taiwan and Latin America closer together.
2018-08-15 Attends the inauguration of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benite and Vice president Hugo Velazquez. Following the ceremony, takes part in a prayer ceremony, and then a luncheon hosted by the president and first lady. Earlier in the day, holds a reception for the Taiwan Technical Mission in Paraguay, attends a luncheon hosted by Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, and has a dinner meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, also in Paraguay for the inauguration.
2018-08-14 During transit in Los Angeles, visits the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and participates in the 2nd Annual Taiwanese American Film Festival panel discussion. Holds discussions with prominent politicians at meals, meetings, or by phone including New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Congresspersons Maxine Waters, Brad Sherman, Andy Biggs, Marco Rubio and Chairman Cory Gardner of the US Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. After arriving in Paraguay, delivers a keynote address at the opening ceremony for pre-university courses at Taiwan-Paraguay Polytechnic University (Universidad Politecnica Taiwan-Paraguay, UPTP), and presides over the UPTP unveiling ceremony.
2018-08-13 Makes first transit stop in Los Angeles, where she visits the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and holds informal discussions with the assembled Taiwanese-American youth. Later, attends a dinner banquet for Taiwanese expatriates, explaining the government's commitment and achievements in strengthening Taiwan over the past two years by enhancing democracy, achieving justice and fairness, and creating an innovative economy. Emphasizes that every Taiwanese-American should be part of our efforts to strengthen Taiwan, and expresses hope that everyone will unite and give their all, because that's the only way Taiwan can forge its own path.
2018-08-12 Departs on a nine-day, eight-night state visit to Taiwan's Latin American diplomatic allies Paraguay and Belize under the theme "A Journey of Joint Celebration."
2018-08-10 Attends the flag presentation ceremony for the ROC contingent to the Asian Games 2018 Jakarta-Palembang, encouraging the athletes to challenge themselves and deliver outstanding performances to help raise Taiwan's international profile.
2018-08-07 Convenes the sixth meeting on international economic and trade strategy. Issues the following directives: The US-China trade dispute appears set to intensify over time and could be protracted, which would have a broad and far-reaching impact on global trade. The National Security Council and the executive branch must cooperate closely, and propose a plan for adjusting Taiwan's mid- to long-term national economic strategy as soon as possible. Once a plan has been discussed and finalized, the executive branch should draft an implementation plan, enhance communication with the public, and build a powerful national consensus to promote transformation, upgrading, and sustainable growth in the Taiwan economy.
2018-08-06 Inspects the Navy Command Headquarters, and unveils a new plaque at a monument marking the launch of a “new navy,” proclaiming that Taiwan's navy has entered a new era spearheaded by the domestic production of submarines. Encourages all navy personnel to work together to overcome challenges, move boldly into the future, and set high goals, and secure our maritime rights.
2018-08-02 Attends the unveiling and opening ceremonies for the National Housing and Urban Regeneration Center, emphasizing that the center represents strong progress in the ongoing quest for residential justice. Expresses hope that this specialized and professional institution will become a powerful force in helping the government realize residential justice.
2018-07-31 Inspects the National Sports Training Center in Kaohsiung City. Addresses the decision by the East Asian Olympic Committees (EAOC) to revoke Taichung City’s right to host the 2019 East Asian Youth Games under pressure from China, saying that it is our common expectation to uphold the original intent of sports and set aside political interference, and we will stand united in support of Taichung. Emphasizes that as president, she wants our athletes to have whatever they need, and the government will give the athletes full support so that they can focus on their training without other concerns.
2018-07-31 Accompanies Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine on a visit to the Southern Taiwan Science Park Bureau, and tours the floating photovoltaic power system in the Tree Valley Park. Briefs President Heine on the current status of green energy development in Taiwan, and expresses Taiwan’s willingness to provide the related technologies and resources to help the Marshall Islands develop alternative energy sources.
2018-07-27 Welcomes Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine with military honors. Meets with President Heine to witness signing of   agreements on mutual visa waivers and coast guard cooperation.  Expresses hope that the two agreements will help strengthen people-to-people exchanges, and ensure maritime and public safety for both countries. In the evening, hosts state banquet for the visiting delegation.
2018-07-24 Meets with former US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. States that the people of Taiwan will not bow to China's pressure, or give up our precious democratic way of life. Also says that we still believe in the power of dialogue, our willingness to engage in dialogue with China remains unchanged, and as a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan will continue to work to maintain cross-strait and regional peace and stability.
2018-07-24 Delivers remarks at the opening ceremony of the Ketagalan Forum: 2018 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue. Emphasizes that Taiwan will strengthen its regional and global partnerships, and jointly respond to evolving global challenges to actively advance shared interests in the region, and around the world.
2018-07-23 Has breakfast with traveling press corps on the second day of her trip to promote Taitung. States that through high quality tourism, agriculture, and cultural and ethnic diversity, Taitung's tertiary industries can become a model of Taiwan's pursuit of sustainable development, and reiterates the government's determination to support local development in Taitung.
2018-07-22 Embarks on a two-day trip to promote Taitung tourism, and visits farmers, fishermen, and indigenous tribes. Stresses that Taitung has a unique charm, and expresses hope that more people will visit to experience that charm.
2018-07-21 Attends a summit held by organizations from various industries and sectors that support reforms. Emphasizes that the government is making an all-out effort to carry out reforms and development. Expresses hope that people from all professions and sectors will have faith in the government, and support its efforts to pursue change and progress for Taiwan.
2018-07-20 Meets with a delegation of participants in the Digital Innovation Forum (DIF), an event organized by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). Emphasizes that Taiwan will continue to enhance cooperation with APEC member economies to transform the "digital divide" into a "digital opportunity," so that working together, we can enhance prosperity and development of the digital economy in the Asia Pacific region.
2018-07-18 Inspects progress of reconstruction work at the Chang Pharmacy in Zhunan Township, Miaoli County, which was torn down in the Dapu Incident. Also visits the widow of pharmacy owner Chang Sen-wen (張森文), Peng Hsiu-chun (彭秀春), and says that this incident shows that society is re-thinking its values. Although conflicts arose during that process, society has indeed reconsidered. The rebuilding of the Chang Pharmacy represents a new beginning based on society’s realigned values, and is a major milestone in Taiwanese social development.
2018-07-17 Presides over the commissioning of Taiwan’s AH-64E Apache helicopter squadron at the 601st Air Cavalry Brigade base in Taoyuan City, and says this event is an important indicator of enhanced military capabilities. States that implementation of subsequent projects to enhance combat capabilities will be accelerated, and that the government will fully support the nation’s armed forces. Also expresses hope that the newly commissioned squadron will develop into one of the best of its kind in the world.
2018-07-14 Attends a reception hosted by the General Association of Chinese Culture (GACC) to promote participation in the arts and cultural activities. States that the government and GACC will work with people throughout society to help the general public better understand and value our own culture, so that various ethnic groups will continue to create a national culture with new meanings and substance, and jointly develop a steady stream of cultural creativity to help Taiwan engage with the world.
2018-07-05 Attends the 45th anniversary celebration for the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and the seventh ITRI Laureates Award Ceremony. Praises ITRI and its current and previous laureates for helping Taiwan become a technological power in today's world, and expresses hope that they will continue to look for the forces that will drive Taiwan’s next stage of transformation.
2018-07-02 Attends the opening of Academia Sinica's 33th Convocation of Academicians. States that Taiwan is at a critical juncture, undergoing massive transformation throughout its social structure including the economy, industry, demographics, and the energy sector. Expresses hope that academicians and other distinguished academics will work together to conduct research integrated across disciplines, seek groundbreaking solutions to key problems, and help national development even more.
2018-07-01 Visits the International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) Center in Taichung City. States that the INGO Center project is not the sole responsibility of the local government, and the central government should also get involved and see it as an important policy and project implementation task. Expresses hope that more organizations will move into the center, making Taichung a key link between Taiwan and the international community.
2018-06-28 Presides over the sixth meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee. States that as the second-term Committee begins operations, all members and staff will step up the pace and seize the day, and respond to indigenous peoples' expectations for historical justice and transitional justice with more concrete measures.
2018-06-25 During an interview with Agence France-Presse, responds to questions about Taiwan-US relations, cross-strait relations, Taiwan's international status and identity, and the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Stresses that Taiwan is an “island of resilience,” and that we will strengthen our own power to address challenges arising from external pressure. Expresses hope that the international community will act with us and affirm the importance of democracy and freedom.
2018-06-25 Attends the opening ceremony of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy’s 15th anniversary celebration. Explains Taiwan's democratic development, and emphasizes that only if like-minded countries work and stand together can we fight against unwanted economic, political, or military coercion, and defend the values we hold dear.
2018-06-23 Inspects the banana industry in the Cishan District and the white water snowflake (a delicious domestic vegetable) industry in the Meinung District of Kaohsiung City. Encourages farmers to use their creativity and create more different flavors for their products through agricultural processing. Expresses hope that Taiwan's agricultural products will penetrate international markets so that the whole world will get a chance to enjoy Taiwan's high quality products.
2018-06-21 Delivers remarks following the passage of the pension reform bill and thanks military personnel, public servants, and educators for their understanding to ensure the nation's financial sustainability. States that a healthy pension system will help stabilize our nation and society, and that she will continue to carry out major reforms with the same resolute attitude in the future.
2018-06-20 Convenes a national security meeting where national security heads held comprehensive discussions and tabletop exercises to determine why the US-China trade dispute has escalated, and possible future developments and responses. Directs the National Security Council to coordinate executive-branch agencies to monitor and accurately assess the latest developments in the US-China trade conflict, and enhance overall response capabilities in all government agencies. Instructs the Executive Yuan and its ministries and agencies to provide the public with timely explanations of relevant issues to maintain social stability and avoid undue concern by local citizens and domestic industries due to increased US-China trade tensions.
2018-06-15 Attends the opening ceremony for the "The Legacy of Chen Uen – Art Life and Philosophy" exhibition. Explains the initial results of government efforts to encourage comic industry development. Expresses hope that everyone will work together to make the comic industry grow and flourish, and become a cultural strength that raises Taiwan’s international profile.
2018-06-15 Attends 2018 Police Day celebrations. Praises the police force for their hard work, and thanks their families for their understanding and dedication. Instructs the Ministry of the Interior and the National Police Agency to do three things to support police officers: 1. Renovate facilities to make them safer for police on duty; 2. Increase police salaries and benefits; and 3. Enhance healthcare for the police force.
2018-06-13 Meets delegations led by American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty and US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce. Emphasizes that Taiwan and the United States will continue to enhance bilateral exchanges and collaboration to overcome regional challenges together. States that Assistant Secretary Royce's visit to Taiwan demonstrates US support for Taiwan and a peaceful and stable status quo, and expresses hope that under the framework and commitments of the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances, Taiwan and the United States will continue to strengthen all-round cooperation.
2018-06-12 Attends a dedication ceremony for the new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) compound in Neihu, Taipei. States that she is pleased that this important milestone in the Taiwan-US partnership has been completed thanks to the concerted efforts of so many people. Expresses appreciation to the AIT team for their trust in Taiwan, and hope that Taiwan and the US will work together to create an even brighter future.
2018-06-11 Inspects 602nd Air Cavalry Brigade base in Taichung City. Reiterates that feasibility is the guiding principle for developing national defense capabilities, and that the foundations of a streamlined and effective fighting force are functional training on a daily basis, reviewing and improving training methods, and establishing sound operating procedures.
2018-06-08 Welcomes a delegation led by King Mswati III and Queen of Eswatini with full military honors, meets with the king to witness the signing of a Taiwan-Eswatini economic cooperation agreement, and presents him with commemorative stamps marking the 50th anniversary of Taiwan-Eswatini diplomatic relations as a symbol of the enduring bilateral friendship. At noon, hosts a state banquet for the king, queen, and their delegation.
2018-06-06 Attends a press conference where the Act on Savings Accounts for the Education and Development of Children and Teenagers is signed into law. Stresses that through education, housing subsidies and vocational training, the administration will continue to ensure that children and teens from disadvantaged families are put on an equal footing to alleviate poverty and promote self-reliance.
2018-06-02 Attends the final round and award ceremony of the President's Cup Social Innovation Hackathon competition, and praises the collaboration between government and private sector teams to explore solutions. Expresses hope that public servants will continue to draw on private sector experience and expertise, uphold the "hacker spirit," and join forces in the name of progress.
2018-06-01 Attends a ceremony to kick off the assembly process for Taiwan's new advanced jet trainer. States that assembly is a key step in the domestic aircraft manufacturing process as we move toward full formal aircraft production. Manufacturing our own aircraft and naval vessels will not only boost the development of our defense industry, but also help achieve our policy goals for national defense self-sufficiency.
2018-05-31 Presides over a ceremony inaugurating Taiwan’s Transitional Justice Commission. States that the commission is responsible for promoting transitional justice, and also an innovation base for Taiwan’s democratic politics. Notes that the commission will help lead society as a whole to a new recognition of the shared past of all Taiwanese people, creating a shared future for all.
2018-05-29 Welcomes Haitian President Jovenel Moise with military honors, followed by a meeting and state banquet. Later, the two heads of state exchanged decorations and sign a joint communique. Reiterates that the two countries will strengthen bilateral cooperation to benefit people of both countries and deepen bilateral friendship.
2018-05-27 Attends Scenes from My Town, the 2018 Presidential Office Concert. Notes that poet Wu Sheng wrote that Changhua County stands at the intersection of old and new. The county features cities like Lukang with a rich cultural heritage, but is also becoming a major center for offshore wind power in Taiwan. The concert provided a chance to hear echoes from Changhua’s past and envision its future, hoping to inspire more citizens to visit and appreciate the county’s friendly simplicity and rustic charm.
2018-05-26 Meets with Senator Cory Gardner, chairman of the US Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. Reiterates that Taiwan seeks international participation not only to fight for its due rights, but also to show our willingness to take up our responsibilities as a member of the global community. States that China’s suppression will only inspire more support for Taiwan in the global community. Thanks Senator Gardner for changing his travel plans to visit, showing his high regard for Taiwan.
2018-05-26 Meets with the members of Taiwan’s WHA action team. Notes that at this year’s WHA meeting, we received support from our allies, but also from more like-minded countries like the US than ever before. States that though we couldn’t formally participate in the WHA, Taiwan is determined to contribute to world health. Announces a donation of US$1 million to the WHO to fund the fight against the Ebola virus.
2018-05-24 Issues a major statement on the termination of diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso. Notes that China’s efforts to undermine our national sovereignty are already challenging Taiwan society’s bottom line. Stresses that we will no longer tolerate this behavior, and simply redouble our resolve and continue to engage with the world, and continue establishing more substantive, economic and security partnerships with like-minded countries to garner the international community’s acknowledgement and support.
2018-05-22 Delivers a video address at the Universal Health Coverage Forum held by the World Medical Association. Notes that implementing the universal health coverage (UHC) is one of the goals of global sustainable development as well as the theme of this year’s World Health Assembly. States that Taiwan’s healthcare system not only provides medical and healthcare, but also provides financial protection, making Taiwan’s National Health Insurance system a model for achieving the UHC. Notes that Taiwan is happy to share its experience and contribute to the health and wellbeing of humanity.
2018-05-21 Welcomes Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Mrs. Sogavare with military honors, followed by a meeting between the two national leaders and a state banquet. Notes that Taiwan and the Solomon Islands are linked by their shared Austronesian cultural background. Expresses hope that both countries will seek more opportunities for exchanges to continue strengthening bilateral relations.
2018-05-21 Meets with President Baron Divavesi Waqa of the Republic of Nauru. Reiterates Taiwan’s commitment to the “steadfast diplomacy” principle, a way to create win-win situations. Thanks the Nauru Parliament for passing a resolution supporting Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system. Expresses hope that President Waqa will continue speaking out in support of Taiwan’s participation in the WHO to promote cooperation in global disease prevention.
2018-05-20 Marks the current administration’s two-year anniversary with her very first live webcast. Shares her thoughts and reflections about the challenges and achievements of her term of office thus far.
2018-05-18 Attends a ceremony marking the completion of a tunnel that’s part of the South-Link Highway improvement project. Stresses that balanced regional development is an important government goal, and improving our rail and highway networks will make East-West transportation more convenient. Inspects progress on the Railway Electrification Project for the South-Link Line, and expresses hope that the project will be finished by 2020, completing the last mile of a comprehensive island-wide electrified rail system.
2018-05-17 Attends the inauguration ceremony for the National Human Rights Museum, and sets two expectations: utilizing the museum’s upgraded resources to enhance human rights education for both the public and within the government; expanding international exchanges by using human rights as a tool for diplomacy.
2018-05-15 Meets with Tuvaluan Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga and Mrs. Sopoaga. Thanks Tuvalu for staunchly supporting Taiwan’s international participation. Expresses hope that Taiwan and Tuvalu will work together to expand cooperation and participation in the Pacific region while implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2018-05-10 Visits Hsinchu Biomedical Science Park and high-end vaccinology companies. States that Taiwan’s biomedical industry is doing well, has strong international links, and much potential. Notes that after 2 years of hard work, the “5+2 industrial innovation program” is also showing initial results. States that the government team will continue to take an efficient and proactive approach to developing Taiwan’s next-generation industries and economy.
2018-05-09 Attends the opening ceremony of the 2018 Taipei Intelligent Machinery & Manufacturing Technology Show. States that strong domestic market demand, a comprehensive precision machinery supply chain, talented people, and extensive policy planning make Taiwan eminently suitable for developing the smart machinery industry. States that the government will promote intelligent machinery by expanding resource integration, developing talent for smart design and manufacturing, and expanding a greater percentage of equipment made in Taiwan.
2018-05-05 Visits Changhua and Miaoli counties in central and northern Taiwan, respectively, to receive updates on offshore wind power projects. Reaffirms the government’s commitment to embracing renewables. Stresses that the government will handle permits that allow foreign companies to set up operations in Taiwan efficiently. Expresses hope that those companies will link up with local supply chains and train young people for careers in wind turbine enterprises.
2018-05-04 Visits Asia Silicon Valley in Taoyuan City. Stresses that it’s an innovative center that connects Taiwan to the world. States that the government will strive to attract foreign investments and continue to help Taiwan’s manufacturing industry and small and medium enterprises link up with AIoT, so they can find better niche markets and provide better pay to their employees.
2018-05-03 Visits social housing in Fengyuan City, Taichung County. Explains the concept and results of social housing projects designed to create a brand new and friendly housing environment that can reduce young people’s financial burden so they can take care of their own families.
2018-05-01 Attends the inauguration ceremony for the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. Sets three expectations for the institute: helping the government come to grips with changes in the strategic situation; recruiting widely to find strategic research talent; and becoming a platform for external exchanges, interaction, and cooperation. Issues a statement regarding the termination of the diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the Dominican Republic, saying that although Taiwan’s diplomatic situation is truly grim, the government will not stoop to compromise by sacrificing national sovereignty or the dignity of our people.
2018-04-30 Attends the third Presidential Innovation Award presentation ceremony, where she urges the recipients to exercise their influence to promote a paradigm shift, and encourages all sectors in Taiwan to devote their efforts to creating value.
2018-04-28 Attends a plaque unveiling ceremony for the Ocean Affairs Council under the Executive Yuan. Emphasizes that the oceans are important means of external access for Taiwan, and urges the council to develop a sound marine legal system to ensure ecological conservation, promote the maritime industries in line with government policies, and strengthen ocean research resources to cultivate talent.
2018-04-26 Attends the first Golden Village Competition Award presentation ceremony, and states that determining whether a nation is "wealthy" cannot just take urban areas into account, but must also consider rural areas. The government is gradually achieving three major policy objectives: "happy farmers," "safe agriculture," and "rural prosperity," pooling public resources and folk wisdom to promote Taiwan agriculture and rural development.
2018-04-21 Concludes her state visit to Swaziland, touches down at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and delivers remarks, emphasizing that Taiwan has to go out into the world, and work for every inch of international space.
2018-04-20 Attends a birthday banquet for Swaziland's King Mswati III and enjoys a fireworks display. Holds a reception at her hotel for the traveling press corps, explaining the trip's achievements and responding to questions from reporters. Observes wild animals at Hlane Royal National Park and experiences local African culture.
2018-04-19 Hosts a banquet for Taiwanese expatriates in southern Africa. Attends festivities to celebrate the 50th birthday of Swaziland's King Mswati III and 50th anniversary of Swaziland's independence. Visits the Taiwan Technical Mission in Swaziland.
2018-04-18 Meets King Mswati III of Swaziland and accepts the "Order of the Elephant," Swaziland's highest honor for a foreign female head of state. Signs a joint communiqué and attends a state banquet with the king. Visits the Mbabane Government Hospital and the Swaziland College of Technology. Attends a luncheon meeting with representatives of Taiwanese businesses in southern Africa. Meets Queen Mother Ntombi Tfwala and announces joint promotion of the "Greenhouse Project."
2018-04-17 Departs on a state visit codenamed "Taiwan and Swaziland: Enduring Partners" to Swaziland. Arrives and is welcomed by King Mswati III at the airport.
2018-04-15 Fulfills her commitments to meet with representatives of environmental protection groups every year, and for the first time holds a reception in her residence for the 2018 National NGOs Environmental Conference representatives, listening to their suggestions on various environmental issues.
2018-04-14 Convenes a meeting with high-level national security officials to address recent regional and Middle East security issues. Instructs the Ministry of National Defense to monitor PLA movements, maintain current combat readiness, neither provoke nor fear the adversary in defending the nation's territorial airspace and waters, and respond promptly to false information; the relevant government agencies to monitor the situation in Syria; the Executive Yuan to draft advance response measures to address possible social and economic impacts to maintain domestic commodity prices and stock market stability.
2018-04-13 Inspects Yilan military base and boards a guided-missile equipped Kee Lung (DDG-1801) to review the military's joint combat readiness drill, acquiring a first-hand understanding of the military's strategic port defense, rapid response capabilities, and combat readiness to defend the nation's territory. 
2018-04-07 Attends a ceremony marking the 29th anniversary of the passing of Cheng Nan-jung (鄭南榕) on Freedom of Speech Day, and emphasizes that truth is the foundation of all efforts to achieve transitional justice; only by facing the past can wounds be healed; and the reconciliation process begins when the truth becomes known.
2018-03-30 Takes a two-day, one-night trip to promote Hualien. Expresses hope that friends from the media will report more about Hualien's wonderful natural environment and help boost its post-earthquake tourism industry.
2018-03-29 Presides over the fifth meeting of the Presidential Office Indigenous Historical Justice and Transitional Justice Committee, and reiterates her intention to use the committee's dialogue mechanism to enable the government and Taiwan's indigenous peoples to exercise their combined wisdom to resolve problems bequeathed by history. The many issues surrounding transitional justice for the indigenous peoples are complex and cumulative over time, and won’t be resolved by a few meetings. Nevertheless, as long as we sit down and talk, we can certainly promote mutual understanding and find a way to move forward together.
2018-03-27 Attends the opening and award presentation ceremony for the 2018 Smart City Summit & Expo where she states that Taiwan, a leader in the ICT era, will surely rise to the top in the AIoT era. She also notes that Taiwan has the talent, technology and supporting policies to move forward and as long as we spare no effort to achieve our designated goal, we will surely continue on the path of growth.
2018-03-26 Concerned with the military service environment, inspects the progress of a military facility reconstruction project in Hukou Township, Hsinchu County that will refurbish old military housing with standardized designs to meet the practical needs of military personnel.
2018-03-23 Meets with a visiting delegation from the Asia Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce and stresses that the government will respond to changes in global market conditions with strategies to: ensure that a higher proportion of R&D and production take place in Taiwan; accelerate investments designed to boost domestic demand; enhance Taiwan's capacity for innovation; and increase economic diversification.
2018-03-21 Convenes national security meeting and holds in-depth discussions with national security heads about political trends and their impact following mainland China's National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), US-China economic and trade conflicts, and the latest developments in North and South Korea. She also states that, with changes happening so fast on the international scene, she will now convene such meetings on a regularly scheduled basis, and when appropriate inform the public.
2018-03-01 Attends reception by major commerce and industry associations to mark the beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year, where she states that this year the government will focus on: accelerating the pace of innovation, resolving the "five shortages" (land, electricity, water, labor, and talent), and expanding trade so that enterprises can forge ahead without worries and work with the government to make Taiwan better.
2018-02-28 Attends the nation's main memorial ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of the 228 Incident, and notes that an act promoting transitional justice has already become law. Expresses hope that by pursuing transitional justice, Taiwan will become a more free and democratic country with more human rights that is moving forward to embrace reconciliation and unity.
2018-02-25 Attends activities commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and emphasizes that Taiwan will continue to stand together with the international community to ensure the universal values of human rights, freedom, and justice, and build a future free from hatred and discrimination. The president also says that the government is working to establish a human rights museum, which will engage with institutions in Israel, Germany, and across Europe, so that we can strengthen human rights education for the next generation.
2018-02-24 Visits the Qapedang community in Taiwu Township (Wulaluzi Tribes), Pingtung County to inspect the results of Long-term Care 2.0 efforts, and says she will make a series of trips to understand long-term care in tribal villages. Expresses hope that all indigenous tribes will be able to integrate long-term care services with their existing lifestyles to create a long-term care model with local characteristics.
2018-02-23 Meets with the Formosat-5 satellite team, and stresses that the government will provide more policy and funding support to develop space technologies so that Taiwan’s high-tech industry can become a link in the supply chain for the global aerospace market.
2018-02-21 Attends a Lunar New Year reception for representatives of Taiwanese firms in mainland China, and states that Taiwan will fulfill its responsibility to safeguard regional security and maintain stable, consistent, and predictable cross-strait relations. The president is confident that the leaders on both sides of the Taiwan Strait all recognize their responsibility, and have the wisdom to value the cumulative mutual achievements of the past several decades of cross-strait interaction.
2018-02-12 Attends an internal meeting held by the National Police Agency under the Ministry of the Interior, and states that the government will continue to improve the work environment for police officers and support them by providing sufficient assistance and care.
2018-02-08 Heads to Hualien County again to inspect the progress of relief efforts and measures to provide victims with shelter, and stresses that the central and local governments will work as one to help Hualien residents affected by the earthquake to move back into their original homes, or find a safer place to live as soon as possible.
2018-02-07 In the wake of a magnitude-6.0 earthquake just off the coast of Hualien County late on the evening of February 6, arrives at the Office of the President at 2:00 am, holds a videoconference with the premier and the defense minister, and afterwards speaks with the Hualien County magistrate by phone to get a comprehensive understanding of the situation. Early in the morning, heads to Hualien to visit the victims and understand the disaster relief efforts first-hand.
2018-02-06 Attends the opening and award presentation ceremony of the 2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition, where she states that as publishing is Taiwan's soft power, the government will work with the publishing industry to identify Taiwan's special characteristics and tap into its strengths. Expresses hope that the people of Taiwan will read more and buy more books.
2018-02-05 Attends ceremony to inaugurate the Suao to Dongao section of the Suhua Highway Improvement Project, praises MOTC colleagues and the entire construction team for overcoming so many challenges to complete this mission, and stresses that traffic in eastern Taiwan will be safer and more convenient, helping to achieve regional balance.
2018-01-30 Meets the 2017 Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) champions, the Lamigo Monkeys, and says that in the future, the Office of the President will invite the CPBL champions to visit every year to show how important professional baseball is to the government and the nation.
2018-01-26 While inspecting Taipei Jiankang Public Housing units, explains that Taiwan values include not only “Taiwan consciousness,” but also a concern for young people’s housing rights and environment. She also said that to promote social housing, the central government will provide local governments with construction funds, land, and subleasing and property management services to help solve housing issues for young people and the disadvantaged.
2018-01-19 Attends the 2018 National Conference of University and College Presidents. Expresses hope that every college will develop its research and teaching strengths to respond to Taiwan’s challenges—a lower birth rate, demographic ageing, industrial innovation, and sustainable development, bringing change to Taiwan while fulfilling its social responsibility.
2018-01-15 Inspects Chunghwa Telecom’s internet security monitoring and response center and expects the company to continue its role as guardian of the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, and become an important Taiwan brand in the information security field.
2018-01-11 Hosts a luncheon meeting with the heads of the five Yuan (i.e. the five branches of Taiwan’s government). Emphasizes that the government is a single, unified entity, and should meet the people’s expectations as effectively as possible. States that the five Yuan should cooperate, and respect each other’s scope of authority so the government can operate smoothly.
2018-01-09 Meets with a cross-strait affairs delegation from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Emphasizes that maintaining the peaceful and stable status quo in the Asia-Pacific region is not Taiwan’s responsibility alone, but a goal that requires the concerted efforts of all parties in the region.
2018-01-07 Convenes a meeting of senior government officials with national security portfolios to discuss recent international conditions and China’s unilateral decision to start using controversial aviation routes. Issues the following statement after the meeting: 
1. Unilaterally initiating use of controversial aviation routes is a provocation that undermines regional security.
2. Government agencies with a national security portfolio have a firm grasp of the regional situation, and have strengthened our national security strategy.
3. We will continue to pursue national defense readiness, and safeguard the democratic freedoms of our citizens and country.
4. Taiwan’s diplomatic and civil aviation authorities should continue to enhance international public relations to win the understanding and support of the international community.
5. Beijing should fulfill its regional responsibilities and resume negotiations with Taiwan as soon as possible.
2018-01-05 Meets with winners of the 24th Global Chinese Culture & Arts Award. Stresses the government’s determination to enhance Taiwan’s cultural power.
2018-01-04 Attends the 19th National Golden Award for Architecture and 14th National Brand YuShan Award ceremonies, and says she hopes the business sector will respond to government policy by raising wages to boost labor force morale.
2018-01-01 Attends the ROC’s 2018 New Year flag-raising ceremony at the Presidential Office Building.
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.
2017-11-22
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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