- Title: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's set to mark her first year in office
- Date: 18th May 2017
- Summary: TAOYUAN, TAIWAN (FILE - JANUARY 7, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF TSAI WALKING THROUGH AIRPORT Tsai embarks on a diplomatic trip to its allied nations Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador on January 7, aiming to promote economic and trade relations. China protested planned stopovers in Houston and San Francisco during this visit to allies in Latin America, repeating a call for the United States to block any such arrangements. HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (FILE - JANUARY 7, 2017) (REUTERS) TAIWAN AND U.S. FLAGS ON STRING MEMBERS OF HOUSTON'S TAIWANESE COMMUNITY GATHERED TO WELCOME TSAI TSAI GATHERED WITH DELEGATION IN FRONT OF MEDIA, TSAI WAVING SUPPORTERS HOLDING UP PAPERS DEPICTING TSAI'S FACE President Tsai arrived in Houston on January 7, to a large welcome by the local Taiwanese community. Supporters were waving flags and holding up paper cut-outs of a cartoon version of Tsai's face. China again voiced dissatisfaction with the stopover and called for the U.S. to stop the arrangements. TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS (FILE - JANUARY 9, 2017) (REUTERS) TSAI ARRIVING IN VEHICLE AT HONDURAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE TSAI GREETING HONDURAN PRESIDENT JUAN ORLANDO HERNANDEZ HONDURAN AND TAIWANESE FLAGS FLYING
- 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: LVA0086HE8X8L
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- 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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