Hudson Institute

President Tsai Ing-wen's Global Leadership Award Acceptance Remarks

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Tsai Ing-wen accepts Hudson's Global Leadership Award on March 30, 2023, in New York City. (Andrea Hanks/Hudson Institute)

The following is a summary of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's remarks upon receiving Hudson Institute's Global Leadership Award.

This award is a tribute to the resilience demonstrated by the people of Taiwan in the face of tremendous challenges. With the courage and persistence of the people of Taiwan, and the support from our US friends, Taiwan began its democratic transition and eventually brought an end to over three decades of martial law. Today, Taiwan stands with like-minded countries in pursuit of peace, prosperity, and the defense of democracy.

The PRC's escalation of tension is evident, but Taiwan's response has been measured and composed, demonstrating to the world that we are the responsible cross-strait stakeholder. The Taiwanese people want peace, not conflict, and history tells us that the best way to avoid war is through building strength.

While Taiwan's ties with the world's democracies have grown stronger in recent years, we have continued to be excluded from participating in the functions of the UN and its affiliated international organizations. Such unjust conditions cannot stand. Taiwan needs support from our fellow democracies to facilitate participation in international organizations.

Because an unstable Taiwan Strait poses serious economic and security risks to the entire world, it is all the more important for us to safeguard the peace and stability of the region. This means not only increasing our security cooperation, but also facilitating a stronger, more robust economic partnership.

Taiwan is a resilient society that believes in the power of democracy, but we cannot solve twenty-first-century challenges or push back against authoritarianism alone. We will continue to work with the United States and other like-minded democracies to demonstrate that democracy can deliver and that Taiwan is committed to safeguarding our way of life.