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Tsai to take legal action over academic credentials accusations

2019/08/29 17:48:59

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

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) posted a message on her Facebook page Thursday indicating she will sue all those who have publicly suggested her academic credentials are fake, following a number of recent accusations.

Tsai said she will take legal action against anyone who falsely claims she did not write her doctoral degree or earn a law degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The president also included a picture of her LSE degree certificate in the post, saying that her PhD dissertation titled "Unfair Trade Practices and Safeguard Actions" can be found in LSE's library.

Prior to Tsai's statement, presidential spokesman Chang Chun-han (張惇涵) said at a press conference on Thursday that Tsai received her degree in 1984 and is listed as a "LSE alumna" on the school's website, in response to an accusation by National Taiwan University law professor emeritus Ho Te-fen (賀德芬).

Ho, who held a press briefing on the same day, claimed it is "reasonable to suspect" that Tsai has been faking her doctoral degree for 35 years.

Ho cited a report by Hwan C. Lin, an associate professor of economics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, to support her argument.

This is not the first time the president's academic credentials have been questioned.

Former TV political talk show host Peng Wen-cheng (彭文正) wrote a post on Facebook in June, questioning the existence of the president's doctoral dissertation.

In the wake of the questions, the LSE and Taiwan's Ministry of Education have confirmed that Tsai received her doctoral degree in 1984 and indicated there was no problem with her dissertation.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Chi Jo-yao)
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