Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party Annual Congress in Taipei.

Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese leader and lawyer who stands up to China with the help of Pelosi

If Tsai Ing-wen is the president of Taiwan today, it is thanks to his promise to defend at all costs the sovereignty of an island that China claims as its own. A conviction that she flaunted on Tuesday before the president of the United States Congress, Nancy Pelosi, whom she thanked for her “support for” unconditional despite threats from Beijing.

Born on the outskirts of Taipei, Ing-wen is the youngest of 11 children and the daughter of a businessman whom she took care of during her adolescence, as she explained in a 2015 interview in the magazine Time. Today he is 66 years olda soft voice and the challenge of preventing Xi Jinping from attacking Taiwan during his tenure.

This started in 2016, when it became the first woman in charge of the island that, as he assured when he was sworn in, “will never fall under Chinese rule” as long as it continues to preserve its separation of powers, its democracy and its Constitution. Thus, at this time the Taiwanese leader has emerged as the great protector of Taiwan’s independence.

Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party Annual Congress in Taipei.

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From books to politics

Her political career took off in 2004, when she joined Parliament as a lawmaker for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). In 2012 she ran for mayor of New Taipei and lost. A failure that he experienced again in 2012, when he ran for president and lost again.

She did not give up and on two occasions (she was re-elected in 2020) the Taiwanese people have voted to follow the path that Ing-wen offers and that distances herself from that of her predecessor, Ma Ying Jeouof the rival Kuomintang party, which during its years in power chose to approach China economically.

Taiwanese leader opposes the “one country, two systems” formula that China uses with Hong Kong

“Following the will of the Taiwanese people, we will work to maintain the status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait to bring the greatest benefits and welfare to the Taiwanese people,” he said after his re-election. A few words that he has now repeated during Pelosi’s visit to the country that has so irritated China.

In this sense, the Taiwanese leader is totally opposed to the principle of “one country, two systems”, the formula used in Hong Kong and that Beijing has proposed for Taiwan. A doctrine that allows the Chinese regime to interfere in political and social development.

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Before becoming president of the island, Ing-wen dedicated to teaching. He studied law at the National University of his country and at Cornell University in New York. Subsequently, he received his doctorate in London School of Economics where, he has repeated on numerous occasions, he discovered his political vocation and his combative spirit.

It was, in fact, one of the voices of the Sunflower Movementthe student protests that shook Taiwan in 2014 as a complaint for the approval of a free trade agreement between the island and China without the approval of parliament.

“Asian Merkel”

It was as a result of a specific episode: when some students tried to sell him a communist magazine, which reminded him of the regime that for decades has tried to absorb the country where he was born.

Today, and after years in power, it is difficult to describe the personality of one of the most powerful women in Asia. In your social networks and in their electoral campaigns they usually appear in the company of their two cats, Think Think and Ah-Tsai. Hence some local media call it “the cat lady“.

However, there are those who have baptized it as the “Angela Merkel of Asia“Perhaps because of her decisive character or perhaps because, according to The Guardian newspaper, because she likes to compare herself with the former German chancellor, whom she has praised for her decision to open the borders to refugees in 2015.

Source: Elespanol

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