President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in New York on a stopover ahead of visits to the allies in Central America. Tsai arrived at a hotel in Manhattan waving to the crowd, with supporters of both Taiwan and China staging rallies nearby.
Tsai Ing-wen, President: “Today we embark on a journey of prosperity among democratic partners. We accept the sincere invitations of our diplomatic allies and will deepen cooperation and exchanges with democratic partners.”
President Tsai Ing-wen arrived in New York, at 3:00 a.m. Taiwan time. She's currently on her Central American tour to visit diplomatic allies. New AIT chairperson Laura Rosenberg and Taiwan representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim were on hand to greet her.
“Let's shake hands. Absolutely. Welcome again. It's wonderful to see you here. ”President Tsai is transiting in New York and she is staying at a hotel in the center of New York City. About 300 overseas compatriots were on hand to welcome her. However, just across the road, there were hundreds of people waving China's flags in protest. The two sides bickered with each other, but fortunately, there was no conflict as the police were present.
President Tsai attended a banquet with over 700 overseas Taiwanese in New York. The AIT's Rosenberg and Democrat New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy were also present. However, compared with the past banquets where Senators and Congressmen friendly to Taiwan would attend the banquet, this time, they were much more low-key.
Tsai Ing-wen, President: “Taiwan stands on the front line of the world's democratic front. The more united Taiwanese people are, the safer Taiwan will be. The safer Taiwan is, the safer the world will be. We will work hand in hand with all our democratic partners to stay firmly on the road of democracy and freedom. ”
Laura Rosenberg, AIT Chairperson: “You've heard this before, but I'll say it again here tonight. Taiwan is a force for good in the world and a valued friend. ”
Phil Murphy, New Jersey Governor: “And Madame President, I commit to you New Jersey's continued partnership in each of these ends. ”
Chien Ming-tzu, President, Formosan Assoc. for Public Affairs: “President Tsai should be invited to visit Washington DC before leaving office. This is reasonable and respectful to a democratically elected president.”
The White House stated that it did not arrange a meeting between its officials and President Tsai, fearing that it would provoke a strong reaction from China. The Formosan Association for Public Affairs believed that the United States should raise its diplomatic courtesy towards Taiwan and has mobilized congressmen to initiate a joint petition, hoping to invite President Tsai to visit Washington.