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President Tsai addresses Copenhagen Democracy Summit via video (excerpt: cross-strait relations)

  • Date:2021-05-10

Since we last met, the world has become even more aware of the dangers posed by authoritarian regimes. To expand their influence, they are working to divide us and erode freedom, both at home and abroad.

Just this past March, for example, the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, together with a number of people at today's Summit, were sanctioned for defending human rights.

But we remain united. In the face of this challenge to our shared values, Taiwan stands with the AoD and all those defending freedom.

Our experience, and the lessons of history, continue to teach us that we must not be silent, as ignoring such threats only emboldens those who would seek to undermine our values.

Upholding democracy, peace, and stability is a responsibility that we all share. That is why we must strengthen our global alliance of democracies to uphold freedom, the rule of law, human rights, and space for dissent.

Taiwan's commitment to freedom and democracy has made us a target of disinformation campaigns, economic coercion, and even military intimidation.

Many in the international community are concerned about the potential for conflict caused by these anti-democratic tactics, particularly in the Indo-Pacific.

Our government is fully aware of the threats to regional security, and is actively enhancing our national defense capabilities to protect our democracy. In addition, Taiwan is working with our global partners to ensure safety and stability in the region.

Let me assure you that Taiwan will continue to do our part. Neither external aggression, nor the challenges of the pandemic, can weaken the resilience of our democratic system. But all democracies around the world must remain vigilant and united.

Authoritarian states are now looking to alter the rules-based global order by taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen regimes look to manipulate countries via access to key resources. So it is imperative that we collaborate to secure our supply chains and safeguard the global economic order.