TAIPEI (CNA) — A total of 830 female doctors throughout Taiwan expressed support on Jan. 8 for President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and what they said were her efforts to defend Taiwan’s democracy.
The doctors declared their support in a signed statement headed “Defend Taiwan’s democracy, we support President Tsai Ing-wen,” which was published on the front page of two local newspapers.
Their statement came in the wake of President Tsai’s rejection of the “one country, two systems” formula put forth by Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in a speech last week.
“China’s plan to engage in political consultation with the political parties instead of the democratically elected government of Taiwan is a continuation of its deliberate campaign to undermine and subvert our democratic process and create division in our society,” Tsai said in her rejection of Xi’s comments.
In a Facebook post, the 830 female doctors said they had published the statement in the newspaper to publicly express their support for Tsai and her efforts to safeguard Taiwan’s sovereignty and democracy. President Tsai has made her point clear, and we stand firmly by her, the doctors said.
China’s “one country, two systems” policy was first proposed by the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in the early 1980s as way of reconciling the communist mainland with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, which had capitalist economies.
By Ku Chuan and Ko Lin