(Central News Agency reporter Jiang Jinye, Washington, 14th) President Tsai Ing-wen was awarded the “Democracy Service Medal” by the National Endowment for Democracy. Former Executive Director Su Tseng-chang, who attended the event on behalf of the United States, pointed out that this medal is a recognition of the efforts and achievements of the Taiwanese people. , Taiwan will continue to cooperate with all democratic partners to defend democracy.
The National Endowment for Democracy awarded President Tsai the “Democracy Service Medal” in recognition of President Tsai’s achievements in democracy and human rights. President Damon Wilson personally went to Taiwan to present the award in July.
Presidential Office spokesman Joseph Lin recently quoted President Tsai as saying that this honor is awarded to all Taiwanese people, affirming the Taiwanese people’s efforts to safeguard democracy and freedom, and demonstrating the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy’s firm support for the Taiwanese people.
The National Endowment for Democracy held a 40th anniversary commemoration event on the 14th. In his introduction, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan said that no leader is more deserving of the Democratic Service Medal than President Tsai. He recalled the first time he met President Tsai, when she visited Congress as a presidential candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party, and was deeply impressed by her ability, principles and integrity.
Sullivan pointed out that President Tsai has experienced extremely fragile and dangerous situations in the past eight years, but she has maintained peace, freedom and security at home. She faced Taiwan only 100 miles away and wanted to deprive Taiwan of peace, freedom and security. countries and brought the United States and Taiwan closer than ever before, proving President Tsai’s leadership ability.
He said that Taiwan is a thriving and prosperous democracy with free elections and legal constraints on power, which poses a threat to the one-man rule of the Chinese Communist Party. He quoted former US President Ronald Reagan as saying that freedom is very fragile and every generation must fight for and defend freedom.
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Su Tseng-chang then delivered a speech in English, saying that this medal recognized the efforts and achievements of the Taiwanese people. Taiwan has faced many challenges in the past few years, but it has emerged stronger after each test. In particular, Taiwan’s democracy faces challenges such as disinformation, cognitive warfare, and gray zone activities, which are aimed at undermining Taiwan’s democracy. But thanks to President Tsai’s strong leadership and the efforts of the government and non-governmental organizations, Taiwan continues to remain resilient.
Su Zhenchang pointed out that democracy has taken root in Taiwan and has become a way of life. Because of its firm confidence in shared values, Taiwan will continue to work hard; Taiwan is the front line of democracy against authoritarianism, and will work with all democratic partners to defend democracy. “We know that when we are together, we will be stronger.” (Editor: Chen Huiping) 1121115