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Liberal International hails Tsai's efforts to uphold democracy

2018/12/06 18:25:11

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Liberal International (LI) has expressed support for President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) efforts to uphold freedom and democracy in Taiwan and abroad, according to a statement issued Thursday by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

LI, a world federation of liberal and progressive parties, said in its World Today Resolution in Senegal on Nov. 30 that it recognizes the leading role Taiwan plays in the advancement of democracy and liberalism in the Asian region, the DPP said.

"LI therefore expresses concern on the continuing pressure it (Taiwan) faces in light of China's rising global influence," according to the resolution, which was adopted at LI's 62nd congress in Dakar, capital of Senegal.

"Liberal International supports the Tsai government in her efforts to uphold democracy and freedom, domestically and abroad, amidst immense pressure from China," the resolution states.

The LI congress also expressed concern about what it said was outside interference in Taiwan's elections.

"The recent local elections results indicated that the government of President Tsai is faced with increasing threats of economic and political influence and meddling from an authoritarian institution," according to the resolution.

It said China's continued military build-up in the South China Sea, including the construction of bases on disputed atolls, was alarming.

LI said it was also concerned about "China's increasing pressure on Taiwan's diplomatic allies, international bodies and global companies to strictly adhere to the Mainland's interpretation of One-China policy."

The 62nd Congress of LI, which took place in Dakar Nov. 28-30, was hosted by Alliance Pour la République (APR) and Senegalese President Macky Sall, with the participation of 218 representatives from 41 countries around the world, including the presidents of Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, and Liberia.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)