TAIPEI (The China Post) – According to the latest poll released on June 9, the popularity of President Tsai Ing-wen has leaped to its highest in months, owing to her tough response to President Xi Jinping’s unification speech on Jan. 2.
Despite the soaring concerns on her re-election bid within the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the move has improved her position on Taiwan’s political scene.
She was worried for sure as she was paving her way for re-election. When she proposed the “Four Must” pledge on the development of cross-strait relations for the very first time, however, she did not receive much attention at home at first.
The following day, however, Xi’s “Message to Compatriots in Taiwan” not only equaled “one country, two systems” with the “1992 Consensus,” but also stressed that the use of force remains an option in order to achieve unification.
The announcement created a backlash among Taiwanese people and the response of President Tsai Ing-wen suddenly won back their support in this regard.
“I should fight for the people in Taiwan, not for my own position,” she said.
She added: “As long as I am the president, I will shoulder all the pressure. And Taiwan will not accept the ‘1992 Consensus’ and the idea of ‘one country, two systems.’”
“It’s not for me to say who is going to run for the president or not. Just trust the mechanism of democracy,” she concluded in a speech that helped save her shrinking popularity and secure her chance for her re-election bid.