- Title: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's set to mark her first year in office
- Date: 18th May 2017
- Summary: GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA (FILE - JANUARY 11, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF GUATEMALAN NATIONAL PALACE TSAI AND GUATEMALAN PRESIDENT JIMMY MORALES ENTERING NATIONAL PALACE MORALES GIVING MEDAL TO TSAI, SHAKING HER HAND Tsai and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales talked up continued cooperation during her visit. Tsai said during a news conference that Taiwan was ready and able to contribute to the world and thanked Guatemala for its support. KAOHSIUNG CITY, TAIWAN (FILE - MARCH 21, 2017) (REUTERS) SUBMARINES ANCHORED IN HARBOUR TAIWANESE FLAG FLYING VARIOUS OF TSAI ON SUBMARINE MILITARY VESSEL AT SEA NAVY PERSONNEL WAVING FROM DECK OF MILITARY VESSEL TSAI WAVING Since taking office in May 2016, Tsai has promoted plans for the self-ruled island to make its own submarines and ultimately also military aircraft, comments that have come even as Taipei continues to hope for a fresh arms sale from the United States. It also comes amid a growing military threat from China, which is suspicious of Tsai and fears she will move the island towards formal independence.
- Embargoed: 1st June 2017 01:35
- Keywords: Tsai Ing-wen president Taiwan
- Location: KINMEN, TAICHUNG, TAIPEI, NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIPEI CITY, TAOYUAN, KAOHSIUNG CITY, TAIWAN / HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES / TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS / GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA
- City: KINMEN, TAICHUNG, TAIPEI, NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIPEI CITY, TAOYUAN, KAOHSIUNG CITY, TAIWAN / HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES / TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS / GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA
- Country: Taiwan
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00A6HE8X8L
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- Story Text: Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen is completing her first year in office on Saturday (May 20) as tensions with China fail to ease.
During her tenure, Taiwan has seen cooling relations with China as Tsai and her Democratic Progress Party (DPP) have been reluctant to acknowledge the so-called "1992 consensus" that Beijing insists on as a prerequisite for smooth relations with the self-ruled island. The "1992 consensus" defines Taiwan as part of "One China" allowing for both sides of the Taiwan Straits to have their own interpretations as to what that means.
Tsai Ing-wen's has made several trips to allied nations since taking office, notably stopping over in the U.S. on a trip to meet with allies in Latin America earlier this year. This has angered Beijing, prompting it to demand the U.S. to prevent such arrangements in the future.
As Taiwan is taking a more assertive stance on the international stage, alongside with a push to produce submarines and eventually military aircraft indigenously, China increases pressure on its administration by trying to limit Taiwan's international space.
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