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President Tsai says Taiwan won't bow to pressure

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday she was determined to uphold Taiwan's sovereignty and that she would not succumb to external pressure.

The president made the remarks at the opening ceremony of local television station Formosa Television's (FTV) digital center in New Taipei.

She lauded the station's management team for keeping it running despite hardship.

"As long as the Taiwanese people are united, anything can be accomplished," Tsai proclaimed.

She said the government would uphold Taiwan's sovereignty despite difficulties that the nation was encountering abroad.

Tsai added that the government was confident about Taiwan's prospects for development and change were good, and that Taiwan would overcome its challenges just as FTV overcame initial difficulties when it was established.

FTV was formed in 1996 and went on air a year later. It has traditionally held close ties with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

Tsai said that over the past 20 years, FTV has served as the eyes and ears of Taiwan, providing quality programing devoted to local culture, allowing Taiwan to build its local consciousness and to make inroads overseas.

Effecting change has never been easy, she remarked as the television station inaugurated its digital center in Linkou District.

Other dignitaries at the event included FTV's CEO Kuo Pei-hung, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu.

At the event, she enumerated some of the government's reform plans, including pension reform, economic structural reform, senior care reform, expansion of social housing and the divesting of opposition party assets deemed ill-gotten.

"These reforms will ensure that development for the next generation of Taiwanese will be based on a stable foundation," she said.

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