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Taiwan's new president addresses nation

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 00:43

Taiwan's first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, reiterates the need for a stable and peaceful relationship with China during her inauguration speech. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION. Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen urged China on Friday to "drop the baggage of history" in an otherwise conciliatory inauguration speech that Beijing's Communist Party rulers had been watching for any move towards independence. She pledged to abide by the constitution of the Republic of China, Taiwan's formal name, and promised to safeguard the island's sovereignty and territory. She also mentioned the East China and South China Seas, where an increasingly muscular China has been at odds over territorial claims with its neighbours. Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has traditionally favoured independence from China, won elections by a landslide in January. She takes over after eight years under China-friendly Nationalist Ma Ying-jeou. There was no immediate reaction to Tsai's speech from China. Beijing said earlier this month the new Taiwan government would be to blame for any crisis that might erupt.

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Taiwan's new president addresses nation

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 00:43