Thursday, May 26, 2016SearchArchiveEnglishChineseJapaneseFrenchSpanishRussianArabicKoreaGermanPortugueseHomeOpinionsBusinessMilitaryWorldSocietyCultureTravelScienceSportsSpecial CoveragePhotoVideoEnglishTaiwans new leader under fire for saying she has problem in speaking Chinese(Peoples Daily Online)    14:00, May 26, 2016Tsai Ing-wen meets with Marcus D. Jadotte, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Commerce. (Video snapshot)Five days after inauguration, Taiwan’s new leader Tsai Ing-wen has already run into problems. On Wednesday, Tsai Ing-wen had a meeting with Marcus D. Jadotte, Assistant U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Awkwardly, Tsai could not find the right words at the beginning of the meeting. She tried to gather her thoughts about 10 seconds, and then eventually said in English, “I have problems saying that in the Chinese language. I’m sorry.”  Tsais behavior came as a shock to many and drew criticism as her stance on cross-Strait ties is closely watched.  Taiwanese media has claimed that Tsai is politically close to the West because of her overseas study experience. “She tried to forget the Chinese language in order to eliminate  Chinese culture,” a Taiwanese netizen mocked.Though she may struggle with Chinese, Tsai has no problem propagandizing Taiwan’s intentions to participate in the second round negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). “We are looking forward to the United States publically supporting Taiwan in joining the second round of negotiations,” said Tsai.File Photo: Taiwan’s new leader Tsai Ing-wenSeveral days ago, Tsai claimed that Taiwan took no position on the issue of whether Okinotorishima is a rock or an island. Her declaration pleased the government of Japan while disappointing many people in Taiwan. A Kuomintang member of Taiwan’s legislative body criticized the stance, saying that it was a real humiliation for the Democratic Progressive Party to behave so obsequiously toward Japan right after coming into power. A Taiwanese author, Wong Chi-yin, called Tsai’s claim a “generous gesture” to open Taiwan’s gates to Japan, so that Taiwan could soon became a “happy colony” of Japan.On the issue of cross-Strait relations, Tsai did not explicitly recognize the 1992 Consensus, nor did she offer any concrete proposals to ensure the peaceful and stable growth of relations. Chinese mainland spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang urged Tsai on Wednesday to clarify her stance on cross-Strait ties. (For the latest China news, Please follow Peoples Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Yao Xinyu,Bianji)Add your comment/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var shortname=window.location.host;var disqus_shortname=;var disqus_identifier=;if (shortname==en.people.cn){disqus_shortname=enpeople;disqus_identifier = 9063757;}/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function() {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = // + disqus_shortname + .disqus.com/embed.js;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.Related readingTaiwans attitude toward cross-Strait ties nature must be clarified: mainland spokesmanMore measures for cross-Strait economic ties: premierChina Focus: Mainland shows determination, goodwill in cross-Strait relations7th Straits Forum kicks off in Chinas XiamenWe RecommendFrench girl ties the knot with Chinese boy
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