Su Tseng-chang becomes premier

Premier Su Tseng-chang reacts during the sworn in ceremony on Jan. 14 hosted by President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and his Cabinet members were sworn into office Monday at a ceremony hosted by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) at the Presidential Office.

Su later went back to the Executive Yuan and received the seal of office from his predecessor Lai Ching-te (賴清德), who led his Cabinet in resigning en masse Jan. 11 to take responsibility for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s electoral defeat last November.

After that, Su presided over the changeover ceremony for the new Cabinet members in his capacity as premier.

At the seal handover ceremony, Su said he understood the heavy responsibilities associated with the position of premier and he thanked Lai for his contributions to the country, the policies he made and what he did for the people.

Su said he has asked the new Cabinet to work hard to build on the existing foundation and he will roll up his sleeves and get to work.

In his speech, Lai said there are three issues Taiwan must tackle — constitutional reform, a culture for political parties to prioritize national interest, and unity on countering China.

In a Jan. 2 speech on Beijing’s policy on Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) affirmed the “1992 consensus” as “the two sides of the Taiwan Strait belonging to one China and working together to seek the unification of the nation” and he proposed a “one country, two systems” formula as the best approach to achieving that goal, Lai noted.

Under such circumstances, Taiwan’s political parties should not fantasize about China and Taiwan’s people should be united and face China together, Lai said.

By Wang Cheng-chung, Matt Yu, Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao