Office of the President Republic of China (Taiwan)
While addressing the Ketagalan Forum－2020 Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue on the morning of September 8, President Tsai Ing-wen emphasized that security and economic development are inextricably linked. She stated that by coming together to build a free, open and prosperous region, like-minded countries can continue to drive future development.
Following is a transcript of President Tsai's remarks, which she delivered in English:
I would like to begin with a very warm welcome to all of today's participants from around the world.
Through modern technology, and our determination to overcome time differences, we have gathered here today to discuss key issues that affect us all.
I hope that after the pandemic has receded, you all have a chance to visit Taiwan, and experience our vibrant democracy for yourselves.
While science and technology have made today's event possible, they have their limitations. 2020 will be remembered as the year that humankind was presented with the greatest challenge of the 21st century. That is the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of this week, there are over 27 million confirmed cases worldwide, and about 890 thousand deaths. Countries all over the world are now dealing with the second and third waves of infection, while medical experts are working around the clock to develop a vaccine. The challenge is daunting but no one is yielding. Certainly not us in Taiwan.