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Terry Gou - Foxconn
I haven't gotten any government money. I haven't asked for a single dollar from the Taiwan government.feedback
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Jun 22 2017
“In the face of love, everyone is equal. I support marriage equality. Every person should be able to look for love freely, and freely seek their own happiness.” said Tsai Ing-wen speaking about Taiwan. It’s one of the 357 quotes about Taiwan you can find on this page. 231 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Geng Shuang and Mike Pence. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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All quotes about Taiwan

Ross Feingold

It is very possible that the remaining countries will switch.feedback

Daymond John

Macy's can become the Disneyworld of retail if they are just willing to change the game. First of all, they have one of the most iconic names in the world and I think they are in one of the most iconic places in the world and I think they can come up and be a Disneyland. That has to be spread all over the globe. Then you have to be able to upsell people on being a member of that location even if they are in Japan or Taiwan or India and you want that to be a destination.feedback

Corey Taylor

I am the Voice of a Rude Generation/ A Middle Finger for the Middle Class Invasion/ At the bottom is the only real me/ A Taipei Person drinking Allah Tea.feedback

Adeboye Taiwo

I was excited. For the very first time we were expecting. The medical team is excellent in medicine and hospitality. We are far from home but the medical team is our family. That is what got us this far.feedback

Susan Lanni

The team quickly assembled to begin prenatal management and delivery planning including pre-delivery drills and resuscitation exercises. A typical labor and delivery shift includes one, perhaps two premature births, usually with time in between. We had to coordinate with our colleagues in the NICU for six premature babies to be delivered simultaneously.feedback

Huang Kuo-chang

Freddy is a rock star, and he's very charismatic. He has helped us attract people who did not care about politics at all in the past.feedback

Freddy Lim

As a Taiwanese person, I felt strange singing about the typical extreme metal themes like vampires and Satan. Instead, we used Taiwanese mythology and folk stories as source material. It became a way to build up my identity and go deeper into Taiwanese history.feedback

Freddy Lim

The younger generation is totally different from their parents. We call them the 'tianran du' or 'natural supporters of Taiwanese independence.' They were born in a country of democracy and freedom. To them, it's not even a question: Taiwan is independent.feedback

Randy Blythe

In our world, a lot of people can yell and make angry music and be like, The system sucks,' . But Freddy did something. He took a concrete step to try and change things for the better.feedback

Freddy Lim

My fans keep asking when I'm going to do a metal scream in Parliament. As a child I was close to my grandmother, who spoke Taiwanese and Japanese at home. But in school we were taught that this was wrong. I began to look down on my grandmother and my own family. I'm so, so happy. This was such an important step for Taiwan.feedback

Randy Blythe

I think for Taiwanese-Americans, it was a real source of pride.feedback

Michael Richardson

Last year I managed to scratch off Singapore, India and Taiwan in one weekend. The shower curtain has been stolen out of that room I don't know how many times.feedback

Li Yinhe

The ruling proves that same-sex marriage is acceptable in Chinese culture, and is likely for the Chinese mainland to legalise gay marriage within a decade.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

In the face of love, everyone is equal. I support marriage equality. Every person should be able to look for love freely, and freely seek their own happiness.feedback

Hsu Yu-jen

I think it's an important and monumental decision. And I want to urge the president and my colleagues in the Legislative Yuan to move ahead with this and show Taiwan's progressive values to the world.feedback

Sean Taylor - Deutsche Asset Management

We've actually seen quite a decent synchronized global recovery, particularly in trade coming through. If that is sustainable, EM is in a very good position particularly, if some of the bottom-up reforms continue. In the debt space, we're very selective. We prefer hard currency. In equities, we prefer Asia over Latin America and EMEA. Within Asia we are overweight China and Korea, neutral on Taiwan and India.feedback

Vic Chiang

To legalise marriage would mean that Taiwan's civil code and constitution will say that gay people are people. If the law can be changed, Taiwan's gay community will have human rights.feedback

Yu Mei-nu

If the grand justices make a decision that is not very clear, and it depends on a legislative yuan [parliament] vote, then it will be difficult. I think most legislators will abstain. We want her (Tsai) to be braver. If she can come out and say 'yes I support it' then it will be passed.feedback

Vic Chiang

It's a little bit depressing for us. Before the election, she was really pro-gay rights. But now she has kind of disappeared.feedback

Ian Rowen

Beijing has used Chinese tour groups as both carrots and sticks. Tourists have little choice but to comply with their local tour operator's selection of hotels and restaurants. The vast majority of industry insiders I've interviewed – even those who have championed tourism from China – are certain that hotels, transport companies and shopping destinations have been penetrated, if not dominated outright, by Chinese capital. But given opaque ownership structures and local partners, it's difficult to demonstrate the veracity of such claims.feedback

Howard Jyan

Currently we haven't received any response from the government agencies or our hospital systems. Currently they are not under attack by the virus. We can control the situation.feedback

Ross Feingold

As the attack commenced on Friday night Taiwan time, many organisations, whether government or private sector, will only know the true impact on Monday morning when personnel return to work, turn on their computers, and possibly click on malware and/or otherwise discover that the organisation is the victim of ransomware. It once again demonstrates that Taiwan's cyber security, as in other areas of its defences, requires ongoing investment in software, hardware, and personnel training so that they can identify suspicious emails in both Chinese and English.feedback

Geng Shuang

Taiwan's participation in international organizations' activities must follow the 'one China' principle. Only a few individual countries have voiced their support for Taiwan's participation and we are firmly opposed to that.feedback

Hsu Min-Huei

We will continue doing everything we can until the last minute.feedback

Josh Rogin

With Beijing’s role in North Korea negotiations top of mind, some U.S. officials fear a key small arms package could fall by the wayside.feedback

Zou Dangrong

Before the early 2000s, the mainland Chinese entertainment industry was dominated by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Celebrities from those places were regarded as true stars. But it's different now. We have the money, and the market. What's more, entertainment companies have learned the key to producing successful idols.feedback

Kwek Leng Beng

Performance in the 'Rest of Asia' division was negatively affected by geo-political tensions impacting inbound tourism into Seoul and Taipei.feedback

Annie Tseng

I liked Star Wars since I was small. None of my own friends showed up today, but I've made new ones here. I chose Darth Vader because I think he's very handsome.feedback

Makoto Tsai

Taiwan people love movies and they love sci-fi movies, and very early on they were fans of Star Wars.feedback

Cédric Alviani

This is the kind of thing that made us think twice, because if we open an office in Hong Kong, our communications and safety might not be ensured. To open an original bureau, you need to find a place that is stable, a place where you could foresee what is happening in coming years. China's philosophy is more like everyone is free to do whatever they want to report – but within a certain limit, and this limit is never very clear. In philosophical terms, freedom has to be unconditional. If you're free within certain limits, you are not free.feedback

Cédric Alviani

This kind of self-censorship is much more serious than the one a single reporter would apply to himself.feedback

Cédric Alviani

In Taiwan, the Taiwanese tycoons also have their own businesses in China. It's easy for China to put pressure on the business executives and say, Okay, you have to be nice with the media you own. We want you to cover the story this way or we don't want you to mention that.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

I hope Chairman Xi Jinping, as a leader of a large country and who sees himself as a leader, can show a pattern and flexibility, use a different angle to look at cross-strait relations, and allow the future of cross-strait ties to have a different kind of pattern. Why not say we both are facing a new exam. We also look forward to China using a different perspective to face this new exam. China now needs to have its own sense of responsibility. My first feeling was that this is a new [Trump] government and perhaps under this new government there will be many different possibilities that appear.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

We have the opportunity to communicate more directly with the U.S. government. We don't exclude the opportunity to call President Trump himself, but it depends on the needs of the situation and the U.S. government's consideration of regional affairs. We don't rule out any items that would be meaningful to our defence and our defence strategy and the F-35 is one such item. Why not say we both are facing a new exam. We also look forward to China using a different perspective to face this new exam. China now needs to have its own sense of responsibility.feedback

Yi Linfeng

I think they mostly have foreign customers from Taiwan and Hong Kong.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

We have the opportunity to communicate more directly with the U.S. government. We don't exclude the opportunity to call President Trump himself, but it depends on the needs of the situation and the U.S. government's consideration of regional affairs. China now needs to have its own sense of responsibility. I hope Chairman Xi Jinping, as a leader of a large country and who sees himself as a leader, can show a pattern and flexibility, use a different angle to look at cross-Strait relations, and allow the future of cross-Strait ties to have a different kind of pattern.feedback

Thomas Shattuck

Once again, the Trump administration fails to send an urgently needed signal on human rights.feedback

Yu Zhichen

I've been to the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, and Israel, and the opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in China are just as good – in some respects it's actually better. At this point, the technology still needs time to develop – maybe in 5 to 10 years we can start worrying about this issue. As this industry develops, robots will add more support and take on more duties.feedback

Chiu Tai-san

What are we going to write on the ancestral tablets if same-sex marriage is legalized?feedback

Jason Hsu

There are some ways we can never compete with China, but this is a way we can compete, set a good example for them, use soft power. If Taiwan is to continue to be a beacon of liberty and democracy in Asia, these are the things that can really make us stand out. When we pass this law, other nations in Asia will be watching.feedback

Joseph Moore - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

Business remains exceptional. We could see upward revisions to spending throughout the year, and we expect memory (chips) to remain strong.feedback

Forest Chen

The appreciation of the Taiwan dollar has taken a bite out of Taiwan's economic recovery momentum in the first half of this year, but it still looks good. We expect the central bank to leave interest rates steady in the second and third quarters because a rate hike would push the Taiwan dollar higher.feedback

Chiu Chui-cheng

He left his group without notice. From the perspective of our tourism regulations, the immigration authorities absolutely have the authority to apprehend him. If he intentionally overstays in Taiwan, the immigration authorities can deport him after an investigation. We can send him back, according to the tourism agreement between both sides.feedback

D. K. Tsai - Powertech Technology

Powertech has been hoping to build a full turn-key solution in Japan. Although the Japanese semiconductor industry has declined, they still have a leading edge in vehicle electronics, IOT and other areas.feedback

Mark Newman - Sanford Bernstein

The jobs would move to China from Japan, and furthermore China would go after market share at the expense of crushing industry economics, so the U.S., Taiwan, Korea, Japan all get hurt substantially by this arrangement.feedback

Lin Fei-fan

From Taiwan's point of view, we don't want Taiwan to become a bargaining chip at their negotiating table.feedback

Teresa Lee

I wouldn't be surprised if other countries [in Asia] followed suit. It is a step in the right direction. We are optimistic that this [law change in mainland China] will eventually happen.feedback

Harry Kazianis

For both sides, they are going to want a successful summit and that is what we're going to see. One of the reasons why this summit is so important and it needs to go on very well is that both sides have so many pressure points between them whether it's about the South China Sea, Taiwan, East China Sea, North Korea and now trade. This is a relationship that both sides want to get right and it's important to really see what compromises and strategies both sides are going to employ.feedback

Claudia Mo

I don't blame Reporters Without Borders for jilting Hong Kong.feedback

Christophe DeLoire - Reporters Without Borders

Hong Kong was the place where we originally wanted to open an office in Asia.feedback

Hsu Kuo-yung

Because of difficulties owing to Taiwan's diplomatic plight, strengthening ties with international NGOs that espouse universal values, such as RSF, will be a boost to Taiwan's international participation.feedback

Bill Stanton

One of the worst case scenarios for Taiwan is a statement where, either by error or lack of preparation, Trump says something–or Xi says something that Trump doesn't contradict–that implies that they have reached a deal. What makes it so difficult is that there are so many different things going on, so many contradictions, so much incoherence: Trump contradicts himself, his secretaries contradict him, then they contradict each other. Who is preparing Trump and how prepare-able is he? Unless he has a script and he sticks to it, there's no way to know what he will say.feedback

Lo Chih-cheng

If he is serious about U.S. military influence in the region, then Taiwan is something you can't give up. The concern now is that if everything is on the table, then Taiwan may be on the table.feedback

Jason Hsu

Trump threw a few chips on the table, , But he did not reveal his whole hand.feedback

Robert Weighton

I decided not to receive a card every year from the Queen, because I didn't want a huge collection of cards that I add to every year. However, I did accept one from her two years ago, because it's the only one I'd seen that she was smiling on. In the rest of the cards she looked a bit miserable while on official duties. Everybody wants to know but I have no idea whatsoever why I'm so old – I'm just lucky, I suppose. As with everything in my life, it has just kind of happened to me, it's not been my choice and I have had to make the best of it.feedback

Walter Lohman

The meeting will help stabilize things, but it's important to manage Chinese expectations. These are some of our core interests – Taiwan and Freedom of the Seas. They happen to be contrary to China's but they are not changing. Xi should hear that loud and clear. We need results.feedback

Wu Qian

Separatist Taiwan independence forces and their activities are the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. It is futile to 'use weapons to refuse unification', and is doomed to have no way out.feedback

Ma Xiaoguang - Taiwan Affairs Office

According to what is understood, Taiwan resident Lee Ming-che is suspected of engaging in activities endangering national security and is being investigated by the relevant authority. At present, his health is good. The mainland has rule of law. On this point, Taiwan compatriots can rest at ease.feedback

Robert Weighton

I always wanted to do something to promote peace, particularly with the likes of Hitler and Mussolini being in power at the time.feedback

Robert Weighton

The Canadian people were amazing. We were refugees really and they did their best to help us as much as they could. They found us a home in Vancouver and they people started coming round with furniture and pots and pans - we were even given a piano.feedback

Linas Kuprusevicius

Rimasauskas did buy the Latvian company, because he was going to develop a business.feedback

Carol Hu

Quanta did not suffer from any financial harm from this incident.feedback

Nicholas Bequelin - Human Rights Watch

The fact that Lee Ming-cheh has gone missing once again raises serious questions about the safety of people working with civil society in China.feedback

Hua Chunying

China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan, this is consistent and clear-cut. We hope the US side fully recognizes the high sensitivity and serious harmfulness of its sales to Taiwan.feedback

Michael Kramer - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

We won't make a decision until next year. We would sacrifice some benefits if we move to the States. But we have flexibility in Taiwan. If an earthquake happened for instance (in Taiwan), we could send thousands of people here as support, whereas it's harder in the States.feedback

Hu Wen-chi

The Kuomintang believes in former President Ma's innocence and personal integrity.feedback

Laurence Li

The biggest uncertainty is how to get consensus among the various stakeholders.feedback

Lin Cheng-rong

We are primarily a resource for absorbing solar energy. It is the companies with technical capabilities who invest and set up the solar panels and who sell the solar energy to Taipower.feedback

Thomas Hsu

Renewable energy can reduce and replace a lot of traditional power generation - coal or nuclear power – only during peak electricity consumption periods.feedback

Sky Li - Oppo

Recently we have expanded into a number of carrier led markets, such as Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and most recently, New Zealand. The response to date has been extremely encouraging. In Singapore we're now number 3 in the market. Likewise in Australia we have signed agreements with major carriers including Vodafone, Virgin and Optus and are experiencing triple digit growth.feedback

Hsu Yung-ming

The content of the requests that [Chinese universities] made was very consistent.feedback

Florrie Tseng

The whole show was designed to be an unforgettable experience. We wanted everyone who was flying across the world from Zimbabwe, Australia, Taiwan, Malaysia, London, China and Hong Kong, to feel it was worth it.feedback

Thomas Chang

The insurers must manage their forex risk ... We're closely monitoring the impact.feedback

Julianne Chu - Uni-President China Holdings

Foreign investors will continue to buy Taiwan stocks, which have been their favorite market in Asia since Trump took office.feedback

Lin Chao-ting

Insurance firms tend to invest in the long term, for 15-20 years. Short term volatility is unavoidable. Our team has adjusted accordingly.feedback

Julianne Chu - Uni-President China Holdings

Foreign investors will continue to buy Taiwan stocks, which have been their favourite market in Asia since Trump took office. The focus of their buying will be iPhone 8 component makers.feedback

Ben Schachter

Investors need not rely on Apple for all the innovation to drive the model forward. If someone creates a game in their parents' garage in Taipei or if GE revolutionizes health care with an app, Apple can benefit.feedback

Wang Cheng-hung - Cathay Financial Holding company

Export orders should grow each quarter thanks to the launch of the new iPhone this year.feedback

Rick Chan

I don't think it will mean that we get fewer US corporates issuing into the Formosa market since the economics for them to issue dollars from an economic standpoint is still the most attractive. There is a potential that it may be different names. We have seen a decrease in Formosa bond issuance from US financials with the slack being made up from Middle East issuers and other corporates. Pfizer, Apple and Vodafone are all working on potential deals this week, for example. The binding constraint will be more from the demand side.feedback

Huang Tze-chung

We are very concerned with H5N6, not of the bird-to-human transmission, but that it will become like South Korea where they had to cull around 33 million birds within three months resulting in significant damage to their industry.feedback

Tom Rafferty

Mr Trump is erratic and will not appreciate the suggestion that he has been weak.feedback

Jia Qingguo

China was pragmatic and patient. It made every effort to smooth out the relationship, and it paid off.feedback

Dean Cheng

What he's shown the Chinese is he's willing to touch the 'third rail' of U.S.-China relations. Beijing can't predict what he'll do next – and he's only been in office three weeks. What is he going to do on trade and other economic issues?feedback

Zhao Kejin

For China, any card can be played except the card of Taiwan. I don't see Trump's expression on the issue as unusual since violating the 'one China' policy would harm U.S. interests.feedback

Damian Kassabgi - Uber Technologies

We will pause our operations until the president and her government find a solution.feedback

Chen Ying

During my education, I didn't pay much attention to these kinds of classes. But the reason I am here is that I suddenly had a yearning, and I felt I should learn about my own culture.feedback

Fu Qianshao

The best solution to this problem I can figure out is to send a super-manoeuvrable fighter jet with very long-range missiles to destroy those high-value targets, which are the 'eyes' of enemy jets. So the successful development of this potential new missile would be a major breakthrough.feedback

Lu Kang

That's not international territory, that's Chinese territory. This issue touches upon China's core interests. By no means is this something that can be negotiated, or [used] as a bargaining chip.feedback

Alex Dryden - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

In the ASEAN region, global trade is the lifeblood of these developing economies, with global exports amounting to 45% of GDP. Countries such as South Korea and Taiwan derive 38 percent and 55 percent of their GDP from exports, respectively, would be particularly hard hit.feedback

Roy Tang

The military vehicles and the associated equipment will be returned to Singapore through the carrier.feedback

Ma Rui

Once he won the election, he tried to use Taiwan to suppress China. That was really despicable.feedback

Harry Kazianis

This could include multiple bilateral trade agreements. Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam should be approached first as they are key to any new Asia strategy that President Trump will enact.feedback

Xu Xiaolei - China Youth Travel Service

Travellers are voting with their feet. They are choosing to go the country that will make them happy and avoid the country that might make them feel unwelcome. Of course, political and diplomatic matters are also under our consideration, as tourism is part of diplomacy in many ways. But demands of tourists are always the core principle when designing our travel packages.feedback

Luo Yang

We had been prepared to go to Taiwan, but then found out that there were quite a bit of restrictions, so we eventually decided against it.feedback

Tseng Kwang-ming

This plan is so shocking to all of us. The government is having financial problems. Everyone should be willing to share the burden, not just us.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

The point is to ensure that Taiwan's pension system will remain a solvent system which the government can afford while also ensuring that retirees can get their pensions.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

Based on many years of experience in cross-Strait negotiations during my political career, I am convinced that military action cannot resolve problems. Taiwan and mainland China were once embroiled in a zero-sum conflict that caused tension in the region and anxiety among our peoples. In contrast, today people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait enjoy stable lives and normal exchanges under peaceful separate governance.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

As the first female president in the ethnic Chinese world, I aspire to live up to your words as I devote myself to enhancing the well-being of the Taiwanese people and creating a new era for cross-Strait peace.feedback

Hua Chunying

The aim is to use this as an opportunity to interfere in and damage Sino-US relations.feedback

Hua Chunying

We again urge the relevant side in the United States not to allow the Taiwan authority to send a so-called delegation to the United States to attend the presidential inauguration and not have any form of official contact with Taiwan. China's position has already accurately and unmistakably been given to the US administration and Trump's team.feedback

Bronson Hsieh

A merger has never been an option for Yang Ming, and it won't be.feedback

Bronson Hsieh

Over the past 10 years, the five shippers with the highest profit margins have been smaller players. Smaller companies do not necessarily have to be merged.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

I urge the governing party across the Strait, together with the governing party in Taiwan, to set aside the baggage of history and engage in positive dialogue.feedback

Hua Chunying

Any person should understand that in this world there are certain things that cannot be traded or bought and sold. The 'one China' principle is the precondition and political basis for any country having relations with China.feedback

Yang Yizhou

If you do not beat them until they are bloody and bruised, then they will not retreat.feedback

Shen Dingli

Trump has not taken office yet, so he is an ordinary person now. Therefore, there's no need for China to take his remarks seriously or further respond to what he said.feedback

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

But certainly that policy is on the table if China doesn't also come to the table and work with us on trade, work with us on the South China Sea and what's happening there.feedback

Tang Yonghong

I think Trump is handling international relations, including Sino-U.S. relations, with a businessman's logic. He wants to see how China will respond to such provocation.feedback

Lu Kang

There is only one China in the world. Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory and the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing China. These are facts recognized by the international community and no one can change this.feedback

Morris Chang - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

Mr. Trump has said many times he wants to create jobs in the United States, we highly applaud that. I do not rule it out but I see a lot of sacrifices that we and our customers will have to make if we do that.feedback

Jimmy Morales

I'm sure that her administration will strengthen economic ties and cooperation in the region.feedback

Alvaro Baltodano

We've always had these warm relations with both China and Taiwan.feedback

Chang Hsiao-yueh

I want to emphasise that our government has sufficient capability to protect our national security. It is not necessary to overly panic. On the other hand, any threats would not benefit cross-strait ties at all. Together we should show mutual good will.feedback

Emile Chang

We welcome foreign investments, and Chinese investments in principle as well. But the review process is stricter.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

Despite the international situation, and the constant challenges that affect us as a country ... the firm brotherhood and solidarity [of Honduras and Taiwan] is unalterable.feedback

Jim Rogers

If you look at the largest creditor nations in the world, they're all in Asia: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, even Russia. This is where the assets are. This is where the demographics are positive. This is where the energy is.feedback

Ng Eng Hen

The legal position is that the SAF [Singapore Armed Forces] Terrexes and other equipment detained in Hong Kong are the property of the Singapore Government. They are protected by sovereign immunity, even though they were being shipped by commercial carriers. This means that they are immune from any measures of constraint abroad. They cannot legally be detained or confiscated by other countries.feedback

Beatrice Tsai

We cannot assess the exact impact. It is only after he takes office that we will know exactly how he will implement (his policies).feedback

Vivian Balakrishnan

We must welcome a rising China, a stronger China, an economically more integrated China and we have to focus on the opportunities while at the same time recognizing that there will be issues to resolve from time to time.feedback

Ted Cruz

The People's Republic of China (PRC) needs to understand that in America we make decisions about meeting with visitors for ourselves. This is not about the PRC. This is about the U.S. relationship with Taiwan, an ally we are legally bound to defend. The Chinese do not give us veto power over those with whom they meet. We will continue to meet with anyone, including the Taiwanese, as we see fit.feedback

Ross Feingold

We should expect that in the Trump administration the U.S. would be more vociferous and emphatic about Taiwan's participation in international organizations.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

I'm confident that both Taiwan and the U.S. want this transit to be low profile. There is nothing to be gained by irritating Beijing.feedback

Ross Feingold

It should not surprise anyone if the incoming president's advisers who will be working on Asia policy meet with President Tsai. China might issue its usual statements of displeasure ... but it really doesn't depart from precedent. A meeting with Trump would be the biggest precedent changer.feedback

Sean King

She may think now that it's America or bust. She's probably going to lose these peripheral countries eventually anyway, so why not go for the gusto and get as close to the U.S. while she can?feedback

Kim Eng Tan - S&P Global

Taiwan and the other 'Little Dragon' economies are the fastest aging Asian economies after Japan. Taiwan's demographic profile means that contributions to the public servants' pension funds are already below benefits paid to retired members.feedback

Kim Eng Tan - S&P Global

Like pensions, its burden will grow as Taiwanese age. And it covers a much bigger part of the population, including some who live abroad.feedback

Lin Wan-yi

Pension reform is the toughest job on the domestic agenda.feedback

Ronald Man - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

We expect the burden of an aging society to intensify over the next two years in Taiwan and Korea as their working populations shrink for the first time in modern history.feedback

Hu Chu-sheng

The biggest problem we are facing with the reform is fear. It is making everyone anxious and uneasy. When soldiers cannot focus on their duty, it weakens the effectiveness of Taiwan's military forces. It would then be easy for China to take Taiwan without even getting blood on their knives.feedback

Geng Shuang

The Liaoning aircraft carrier group in the South China Sea is carrying out scientific research and training, in accordance with plans. The purpose is to test the performance of weapons and equipment.feedback

Frederic Neumann

Export-dependent economies such as Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and even China are unlikely to see a rebound this year. Our advice is to look at locally-driven economies like India and Indonesia, where debt levels are relatively low, there's positive credit impulse and strong domestic consumption.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

These are national, medium- to long-range programmes to expand domestic demand. We do not rule out the possibility of additional or special budgets to speed up the implementation.feedback

Luis Miguel Hincapie

China is an investor in Panama, a user of the canal, a very important user of the canal.feedback

Luis Miguel Hincapie

Relations with Taiwan are good, in excellent condition as always. They've been a cooperative partner of Panama for many years, and will continue to be so. China is an investor in Panama, a user of the [Panama] Canal, a very important user of the canal. We have relations with Taiwan, the United States does not ... so it's an issue for the United States.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

Cross-strait relations are certainly a challenge for the people of Taiwan and for this country. But please don't forget that Taiwan is a sovereign independent nation.feedback

Alys Spensley

President Tsai's transit through the United States is based on long-standing U.S. practice and is consistent with the unofficial nature of our relations with Taiwan. There is no change to the U.S. one China' policy.feedback

Hua Chunying

Our Liaoning should enjoy in accordance with the law freedom of navigation and overflight as set by international law, and we hope all sides can respect this right of China's.feedback

Urbino Botelho

We have to recognize that China plays an increasingly important role in the world, especially as a partner to promote development and its contributions protecting the interests of developing nations. Sao Tome is a small, island nation, with very friendly people. It is tranquil. It has very good conditions for developing trade and business and cooperating with Chinese companies.feedback

Urbino Botelho

We hope that interested Chinese companies can join in this discussion.feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

I'm less worried about a trade war. I'm worried more about ... backing into inadvertent escalation like you saw on Taiwan. I'm more worried about a potential conflict over Taiwan, over North Korea, where the stakes are a lot higher and, frankly, where Trump doesn't have capable people yet who are advising him.feedback

Anders Corr

People who predicted Trump's talk was just campaign rhetoric may be incorrect. His appointments, his calls to Taiwan are suggesting he's going to be tough on China in reality.feedback

Hua Chunying

How can the 'one China' principle be traded for money? The Chinese government has never traded away its principles. As for what certain people say in Taiwan, I can only say don't gauge the heart of a gentleman with your own mean measure.feedback

Wang Yi

This is a historical trend that cannot be changed by an individual's will. The world is choosing between openness and conservatism, cooperation and closure, transformation and old ways. We will lead the way amid a shake-up in global governance, we will take hold of the situation amid international chaos, we will protect our interests amid intense and complex games.feedback

Hua Chunying

As two major powers with broad mutual interests, cooperation is the only correct choice.feedback

Aaron L. Connelly

That would have been a very oblique way to make that point as nothing about the drone had anything to do with Taiwan, so I suspect its primarily about surveillance activities. Previous harassment of U.S. navy ships occurred much closer to the Chinese mainland but this incident took place as about 600 kilometers away, and it was even outside the Chinese nine-dash line, which Beijing has used to claim much of the South China Sea.feedback

David Lee

We think the Beijing Government should not use Sao Tome's financing black hole ... as an opportunity to push its 'one China' principle. This behaviour is not helpful to a smooth cross-Strait relationship.feedback

Jim Cramer

They aren't sure what Trump really has up his sleeve. Tariffs? Outright recognition of Taiwan? Maybe even something military? Trump, I believe, is betting that all the Chinese will do retaliate against our businesses.feedback

Barack Obama

But understand, for China, the issue of Taiwan is as important as anything on their docket. The idea of one China is at the heart of their conception as a nation. And so if you are going to upend this understanding, you have to have thought through what the consequences are because the Chinese will not treat that the way they'll treat some other issues.feedback

Chieh Chung

The trend in defence spending is a 'slow rise'. There isn't a lot of flexibility in government finances.feedback

Chieh Chung

If you want to buy one set of anti-missile systems from the United States, then we'll set up four in response on the other side of the Taiwan Strait, so that you will know pain, that you can't buy security, and that what you're actually buying is danger.feedback

Madeleine Bordallo

I believe that different types of engagement with Taiwan offer us a way to throw that curve ball in the coming years. Further engagement with Taiwan is important to achieving the strategic goal.feedback

Daniel Blumenthal

Beijing knows that we have obligations to help Taiwan defend itself and resist coercion, as enshrined in the Taiwan Relations Act, and that we make decisions about our defence relationship with Taiwan based on the threat that China poses.feedback

Geng Shuang

China welcomes foreign companies, including American ones, to invest in and operate in China. At the same time they must respect China's laws and rules. This point is very clear.feedback

Dennis Wilder

Xi Jinping has to respond to this internally, domestically, and while he doesn't want an open fight with Trump, he will have to show ... resolve.feedback

Eric Altbach - Albright Stonebridge Group

Taiwan policy is what China considers a core interest ... and it's prepared to go to great lengths to defend it.feedback

Dennis Wilder

It will alter Chinese defense priorities. I think that's inevitable now.feedback

Eric Altbach - Albright Stonebridge Group

Trump has basically guaranteed that the first year in the China relationship will be a combative, competitive one, and the question is how bad it will get. The Chinese now are basically putting together their list on how to retaliate.feedback

Robert Daly

This is not a bargaining chip that you use to come closer to getting your ideal set of circumstances regarding trade matters, human rights or anything else. To withdraw from the one China policy is to renounce formal relations with China. Then there's no basis to discuss any of these issues.feedback

Richard C. Bush - The Brookings Institution

Whatever the current problems in the U.S.-China relationship today, our reneging on the Taiwan part of the packaged deal would not provide leverage on trade, North Korea, the South China Sea, or any of the other issues that roil the relationship. More likely, it would rattle the entire framework of the relationship, and cause Beijing to rethink its policy of seeking reunification by peaceful means.feedback

Patrick Basham

In the case of China and Taiwan, he is attempting to say that it's not business as usual. He believes that under both President Barack Obama and his predecessor George W. Bush, America didn't stand up to China and he intends in all kinds of ways to do just that.feedback

Josh Earnest

And bargaining that away is not something that this administration believes is our best interest. Disrupting this policy, could have a disruptive effect on our ability to work with China in those areas where our interests do align. That reflects the high priority that China puts on the policy and on Taiwan.feedback

Geng Shuang

The Taiwan question bears on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and touches our core interests.feedback

Patrick Basham

One of the things he wants to do is to put China on the back foot and not be quite sure what America's response will be to any given act or statement from the Chinese.feedback

Adrian Mowat - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The MSCI China – the China we invest in – is almost entirely domestic earnings. And so what we would think would happen, is if you did have a trade dispute, you would get more domestic stimulus. That would actually be quite good for Chinese earnings, so perversely China looks more defensive in this environment than perhaps a Korea or a Taiwan, where more of the stock market is composed of exporters.feedback

John McCain

I do not respond to every comment by the president-elect because it may be reversed the next day.feedback

Geng Shuang

The China-U.S. relationship has global and strategic significance. This not only concerns the happiness of both countries and their people, it concerns the peace, stability, development and prosperity of the Asia Pacific (region) and internationally.feedback

Geng Shuang

China has noted the report and expresses serious concern about it. I want to stress that the Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and involves China's core interests.feedback

Geng Shuang

The two sides exchanged views over the China-US relationship and important issues of common concern.feedback

Geng Shuang

Adherence to the One-China policy is the political bedrock for the development of the China-U.S. relationship. If it is compromised or disrupted, the sound and steady growth of the China-U.S. relationship as well as bilateral cooperation in major fields would be out of the question.feedback

Geng Shuang

I want to stress that the Taiwan question has a bearing on China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Adhering to the 'one China' principle is the political bedrock for the development US-China relations. If it is comprised or disrupted, the sound and steady growth of the bilateral relationship, as well as bilateral cooperation in major fields would be out of question.feedback

Geng Shuang

We urge the new U.S. leader and government to fully understand the seriousness of the Taiwan issue, and to continue to stick to the one-China policy.feedback

Josh Earnest

The United States government, under the leadership of President Obama, has been and remains firmly committed to our one-China policy. That's also the policy, by the way, that previous presidents in both parties have pursued and our country has benefited from adherence to that policy. One reason that we have pursued that policy is because the Obama administration does not view Taiwan and our relationship with Taiwan as a bargaining chip.feedback

Alexander Huang

It looks like in Donald Trump's mind (Taiwan) is a useful tool to pick the most sensitive nerve of China.feedback

Dali Yang

He expected for China to bargain again for the one-China position, perhaps by giving up something on trade or something of that nature. This is actually the foundation of the U.S.-China relationship, rather than something to be bargained over.feedback

Richard Fenning - Control Risks

China is trying to play the long game with Trump, not trying to rise to the bait (and) not trying to be provoked into a war of words in this unusual pre-inauguration period.feedback

Dali Yang

The Chinese government actually so far has been very careful not to mobilize public opinion very much at this point. Once they mobilize public opinion, they also make it very hard for them to have room for a maneuver.feedback

Jessica Chen Weiss

China is more likely to let the whole relationship with the United States deteriorate in order to show its resolve on the Taiwan issue. When the decision to end a decades-long practice is made with so little warning and clear communication, it raises the likelihood of misunderstanding and miscalculation and sets the stage for a crisis between the United States and China over Taiwan.feedback

Yang Yujun

The behaviour of the Japanese military aircraft was dangerous, unprofessional, and damaged freedom of navigation and overflight under international law.feedback

Tsai Ing-wen

I have to stress that one phone call does not mean a policy shift. I do not foresee major policy shifts in the near future because we all see the value of stability in the region.feedback

Julian Evans-Pritchard - Capital Economics

Most countries have yet to publish trade data for November but the other early reporters, Korea and Taiwan, also posted larger-than-expected pick-ups in export growth.feedback

Mike Pence

(The) president-elect was fully aware of the one-China policy. He's also very aware that the United States has sold billions of dollars in arms to Taiwan.feedback

Mike Pence

We have a unique relationship with that country that's been defined over the decades since we've reopened relations with the People's Republic of China but I think he think he felt it would be rude not to take the call.feedback

Mike Pence

Well, clearly there's been great tension between India and Pakistan in recent days. It's resulted in violence along the Kashmir region. And I think what the President-elect expressed in conversations with leaders from both countries was a desire for continued US engagement on building the relationship with both of those countries.feedback

Walter Lohman

It doesn't mean we're going to poke the Chinese in the eye; it doesn't mean we're going to change the 'One China policy'. But it does mean we will reform our Taiwan policy to reflect reality.feedback

Mark Toner

What I can say about that is that that kind of transit is based on long-standing U.S. practice, and it's consistent with the unofficial nature of our relations with Taiwan.feedback

Josh Earnest

It's unclear exactly what the strategic effort is. I'll leave that to them to explain.feedback

Lu Kang

The whole world knows about the Chinese government's position on the Taiwan issue. I think President-elect Mr Trump and his team are also clear. In fact, China has maintained contacts and communication with the team of President-elect Mr Trump.feedback

Lu Kang

China's solemn position about the Taiwan question is clear to the world. I think the United States side, including president-elect Trump and his team is also very clear about [this].feedback

Lu Kang

I think it's easy to understand 'the relevant side'. In fact, China has maintained contacts and communication with the team of President-elect Trump.feedback

Ed Milliband

Trump railing against China on Twitter like it is a Celebrity Apprentice feud is not funny, but deeply, deeply worrying for the world.feedback

Ashley Townshend

Trump's Asia team is broadly hawkish on China and in favor of defending democratic Taiwan on ideological grounds, so the phone call could have been a deliberate signal about a looming policy shift.feedback

Ashley Townshend

It's also possible that Trump simply took the call on his advisers' recommendations, without fully appreciating the diplomatic consequences.feedback

Ian Bremner

It's almost as if Trump was looking to kick off China relations as badly as possible.feedback

Ashley Townshend

If Taiwan thinks it has more American support that it actually does, it might take provocative steps towards Beijing that risk a crisis. Similarly, if Beijing thinks that Trump's phone call was a rookie error, when it was actually intended to be signal about stronger U.S. policy on Taiwan, the U.S. and China could be on a diplomatic collision course.feedback

Eduardo Araral

China has four options to respond: ignore, calibrate its response, tell Trump it is willing to sit down and talk or play a tit-for-tat game.feedback

Eduardo Araral

This can be understood as part of a signaling game–a shot across the bow–of how Trump will deal with China. Trump is basically telling China he will play hardball. This is a predictable gambit for negotiators - to tell the other party that you are a tough negotiator.feedback

Mike Pence

I don't think so. This was a courtesy call. The democratically elected president of Taiwan called to congratulate the president-elect.feedback

Evan Medeiros

Here's the reality: China let us all know very clearly in the mid-1990s that the Taiwan issue is a war-and-peace issue. Is that a proposition that the U.S. should test.feedback

Evan Medeiros

The Taiwan issue is so politically sensitive and ranks so high in Chinese priorities of interest they are not going to begin trading anything away for it. And if the U.S. decided to establish formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, it could easily precipitate a military crisis in Northeast Asia.feedback

Douglas Paal

The problem is that Beijing decided in 1996 on a 10-year (military) buildup so that it would never have to swallow such stuff again.feedback

Douglas Paal

Were he to look soft on something like making the U.S. office in Taipei into an official diplomatic outpost, Xi would be devoured by his rivals, and he won't let that happen.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

Pressing China on Taiwan won't likely bring them to the table on North Korea and currency. Risks backing them into a dark, nasty corner.feedback

Stephen Yates

He is not going to be told who he can or cannot talk to. He meant what he said about being open to leaders who seek good relations with the U.S. He knows more about these subjects than he might let on.feedback

Dana Rohrabacher

I think it was a terrific message to them that we're no longer going to be pushovers, and there's going to be consequences for their hostile and aggressive actions.feedback

Jia Qingguo

China is much stronger now. Presumably a U.S.-China confrontation over Taiwan would have a much more negative impact on the international order and relations between the two countries.feedback

John Kerry

I do think there's a value, obviously on having at least the recommendations, whether you choose to follow them or not is a different issue, but I think it's valuable to ask people who work the desk, and have worked it for a long period of time, their input on what's the current state, is there some particular issue at the moment. I think that's valuable, and I would certainly recommend it, but, obviously, that hasn't happened in a few cases.feedback

John Kerry

We have not been contacted before any of these conversations. We have not been requested to provide talking points.feedback

Francis Kuo-Hsin Liang

Although it's a relatively small country ... Taiwan is an ideal test bed for many high tech industries to test [their] products and business model ... and transport them to China and other developing countries.feedback

Wang Yi

Trump will not be restricted by the established foreign policy. The diplomatic policy may be flexible after he takes office.feedback

Mike Pence

To be honest with you, the waters here seem like a little bit of a tempest in a teapot. I mean, it's striking to me that President Obama would reach out to a murdering dictator in Cuba and be hailed as a hero. And President-elect Donald Trump takes a courtesy call from the democratically-elected president of Taiwan and it becomes something of a thing in the media.feedback

Geng Shuang

It must be pointed out that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory. The government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing China.feedback

Mike Pence

I think I would just say to our counterparts in China that this was a moment of courtesy. The President-elect talked to President Xi (Jinping) two weeks ago in the same manner that was not a discussion about policy.feedback

Mike Pence

I think I would just say to our counterparts in China that this was a moment of courtesy. I think most Americans and, frankly, most leaders around the world, know this for what it was. And it's all part and parcel. I think you're going to see in a President Donald Trump a willingness to engage the world but engage the world on America's terms.feedback

Alexander Huang

As far as Taiwan is concerned, good relations across the Taiwan Strait and good relations with the United States are equally important, and both are very helpful to peace and stability in the region.feedback

Mike Pence

We've been winnowing the list, but it might grow a little bit.feedback

Douglas Paal

China will watch carefully to see what he does. But Taiwan will be seen as in need of some form of punishment.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

They will hope that this is a misstep but I think privately, they will definitely seek to educate this incoming president and ensure that he understands the sensitivity of Taiwan,'' she said.feedback

Christopher S. Murphy

Foreign policy consistency is a means, not an end. It's not sacred. Thus, it's Trump's right to shift policy, alliances, strategy.feedback

Barry Pavel

The worst thing is if [China] took it as completely deliberate. It'd be the beginning of a downward spiral in the most important bilateral relationship in the world.feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

Trump has been accepting calls of congratulations from everybody, without the focus on usual protocol and absence of regular intelligence briefs. He knows there's a problem between China and Taiwan, but unlikely thought taking a call would cause an international incident. That's just lack of policy experience… but it puts him in a very tough place with Beijing.feedback

Lindsey Ford

On things like our U.S.-China policy and sovereignty that are extremely sensitive issues, it would be a tremendous concern were we to suddenly change our position on something like this that has been a fundamental basic element of how we approach China for many, many years.feedback

Bonnie Glaser

The call by itself and the potential for shift in U.S. policy to strengthen ties in Taiwan would create enormous anxiety in Beijing regardless of who is president. But with Tsai Ing-wen, a president seen as pro-independent and one that has not accepted the one China principle makes it even more alarming.feedback

Lindsey Ford

People are going to give a bit of latitude to a new administration, but that will only last for so long.feedback

Wang Yi

This is just the Taiwan side engaging in a petty action, and cannot change the 'one China' structure already formed by the international community. I believe that it won't change the longstanding one China policy of the United States government. The 'one China' principle is the cornerstone of the healthy development of Sino-U.S. ties, and we hope this political basis is not interfered with or damaged in any way.feedback

Evan Medeiros

The Chinese leadership will see this as a highly provocative action, of historic proportions. Regardless if it was deliberate or accidental, this phone call will fundamentally change China's perceptions of Trump's strategic intentions for the negative. With this kind of move, Trump is setting a foundation of enduring mistrust and strategic competition for US-China relations.feedback

James Zimmerman - Chamber of Commerce

American business operating in Asia needs certainty and stability. The new administration needs to get up to speed quickly on the historical tensions and complex dynamics of the region.feedback

Ned Price

There is no change to our longstanding policy on cross-Strait issues. We remain firmly committed to our 'one China' policy based on the three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations.feedback

Wang Weihua

Panama is already acting as a bridge, a window to transit Chinese merchandise to Latin America. I think that, given Panama's logistical development, this role will increase, and will be enjoyed by more Chinese companies.feedback

Vivian Balakrishnan

We all know, and China knows, that we've had special arrangements with Taiwan for a long time and what we are doing there is no longer a secret. If you are truly close, there will be things you disagree about from time to time. Fortunately or unfortunately for Singapore, we are very transparent, we call a spade a spade. It doesn't mean we are shifting our position or deliberately trying to poke people in the eye.feedback

Geng Shuang

The Chinese government has always firmly opposed countries that have diplomatic ties with China to have any form of official exchanges with Taiwan, including military exchanges and cooperation. We asked that the Singapore Government strictly abide by the one-China principle.feedback

Alexander Huang

If both sides want to continue such cooperation, I don't think it would be affected by any third party.feedback

Wu Shicun

Doing so would likely mean that they would threaten China's sovereignty in the South China Sea. If she steps over these red lines, I believe China will take responsive action.feedback

Ian Storey

It is a tricky position that means they are broadly supportive of Beijing. They want to be seen as pushing their own Chinese claims, rather than Beijing's, even though they are essentially the same.feedback

Lee Chung-wei

Our supply transports have never encountered Chinese interference.feedback

Bruno Ciceri

If you want to solve the problem of trafficking, not only in the fishing industry but trafficking in general, you have to go to the root cause.feedback

José Graziano da Silva - FAO

We have to guarantee that the seafood reaching our plates has been produced not only in an environmentally sustainable manner, but also in a manner that supports the socio-economic well-being of those who harvest and process it.feedback