Tsai Ing-wen’s June 4 message: will not forget this day, those with common beliefs should support each other

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday (June 4) that she would not forget the tragic June 4 Tiananmen crackdown on students that took place 32 years ago.

In a Facebook post, Tsai said, “We will also not forget the young people who died in Tiananmen Square on this day 32 years ago, and our friends in Hong Kong who always mourned June 4 through candlelight year after year in the past.”

Tsai said she believes that all Taiwanese who take pride in freedom and democracy will never forget this day in history, and will hold tightly to their beliefs and not be shaken by the storm.

The deterioration of U.S.-China relations has had a significant impact on Taiwan’s security environment. Over the last six months, Chinese Communist Party military aircraft and warships have made increasingly frequent incursions into Taiwan’s airspace and territorial waters, posing a serious threat to Taiwan. Recently, the epidemic has rebounded in Taiwan and a vaccine for the new coronavirus is urgently needed. However, Taiwan’s efforts to purchase the vaccine have been greatly hampered by China’s constraints.

In this Facebook post sent out by Tsai Ing-wen, she said that on this day, June 4, the vaccine from Japan arrived in Taiwan. Taiwan is grateful for the timely assistance it received from a partner who also upholds the values of freedom and democracy, allowing democratic Taiwan to have more confidence in democracy.

She said that people who share the same beliefs should support each other even more.