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Taiwan will never back down under pressure: president

ROC Central News Agency

2018/07/30 15:59:44

Taipei, July 30 (CNA) Taiwan will never back down on its democratic way of life in the face of relentless pressure and threats from China, but will continue to contribute to regional peace and stability, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday.

Tsai made the remarks when she received a group led by Juli Minoves-Triquell, president of Liberal International (LI), a political international federation for liberal political parties, at the Presidential Office.

Prior to his meeting with Tsai, Minoves-Triquell, along with several Democratic Progressive Party officials, launched a Chinese edition of the Andorra Liberal Manifesto, a document that guides the group's efforts to respond to authoritarian and populist challenges to liberal democracy.

Citing as an example China's recent maneuvering that led to revocation of Taichung's right to host the 2019 East Asian Youth Games, Tsai said Minoves-Triquell must have noticed China's ceaseless attempts to squeeze Taiwan's international space.

"Taiwan, as a responsible member of the international community, will not back down under pressure," Tsai said. "Taiwan will continue to play a constructive role in maintaining regional peace and stability and working with like-minded countries and international organizations to defend shared values."

As stated in the Andorra Liberal Manifesto, the shared democratic values such as rule of law, freedom of expression, and human rights can only be safeguarded when everyone works together in solidarity against anti-liberal-democratic forces, she said.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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