President Tsai to speak at Copenhagen democracy summit via video

President Tsai Ing-wen (top left corner) / Image taken from allianceofdemocracies.org

TAIPEI (CNA) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will share Taiwan’s accomplishments in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s success stories on its road to democracy at the upcoming Copenhagen Democracy Summit via video, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Thursday.

The annual summit, organized by the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2017 by former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, will take place June 18-19 in a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“President Tsai will be the first to speak on the second day of the summit,” Kendra Yungshao Chen (陳詠韶), deputy director-general of MOFA’s Department of European Affairs, said at a regular press conference.

Other speakers, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová, will also speak via either pre-recorded video or live-streaming, according to Chen.

The summit’s official website introduces Tsai as President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), which Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政), a legislator of the country’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), described as recognition of Taiwan’s sovereignty.

Meanwhile, Chang Hung-lu (張宏陸), another DPP legislator, suggested that the current increase in Taiwan’s visibility is mainly due to its success in controlling the coronavirus pandemic and the rift between the U.S. and China. He urged the government to be prepared for interference from Beijing as it continues to seek participation in the international community.

The Copenhagen Democracy Summit brings together political and business leaders, including current and former heads of government from democracies around the globe.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) was invited by the organizers to attend last year’s summit, which was also held in June.

This year, other featured speakers include Microsoft President Brad Smith, former U.S. secretaries of state John Kerry and Madeleine Albright, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoană and Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒).