TAIPEI (TVBS News) — President Tsai Ing-wen likened her current state to "waiting to graduate" on Tuesday (Nov. 28), stressing the need to support the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for its defense reform commitment.
While rallying for DPP legislator Wu Szu-yao at Tianmu Sanyu Temple, Tsai remarked with a smile: "I'm not running for a third term. I'm graduating in May next year. Currently, my mood is somewhat like that of waiting to graduate."
In response to the opposition's remarks regarding the DPP's legislative control, Tsai underscored that Taiwan's democratic system allows for elections every two years, offering citizens a chance to assess the government. Her comments were met with enthusiastic support. Additionally, Tsai noted the necessity of DPP legislators for advancing crucial policies.
Tsai outlined her administration's accomplishments, including improved global rankings for Taiwan's infrastructure and a rise to sixth in worldwide competitiveness. She also commended Wu's contribution to the party's legislative efforts.
Wu lauded Tsai's dedication to Tianmu, noting her third visit to Sanyu Temple. Wu praised Tsai's professionalism during her tenure as Mainland Affairs Council Minister from 2000 to 2004, admiring her sincerity and substance in speeches, beyond mere rallying.
Furthermore, Tsai mentioned DPP presidential candidate Lai Ching-te's extensive administrative background, including roles as Tainan mayor, premier, and current vice president. Lai's experience in national defense, foreign affairs, and cross-strait relations was highlighted.
Tsai endorsed Lai Ching-te and his running mate Hsiao Bi-khim, emphasizing the necessity of an experienced leadership team. She pointed out that projects like the Indigenous Defense Submarine and the submarine building program, along with current defense reforms, depend on legislative support.