President Tsai, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2023 Taipei Security Dialogue.
First and foremost, I would like to express my gratitude for the generous support of the “Mainland Affairs Council” and “Mega International Commercial Bank.”
In this turbulent and unsettled era, natural disasters, conflicts, and wars threaten the survival of humanity. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Israel-Hamas conflict remain unresolved, with no clear end in sight. With the China’s ever-expanding ambitions and the continuous escalation of the threat to Taiwan, people are concerned about whether a third war could erupt in the Taiwan Strait within the Indo-Pacific region.
Today, it is a great honor to have invited distinguished guests from around the world, including the U.S., the UK, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Japan, Australia, India, Singapore, Turkey, and experts and scholars from Taiwan, to collectively focus on China’s challenges to the global order and democracy.
We greatly look forward to the collective efforts of countries in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world to seek peace and stability in the region and the world, as well as to prevent humanity from being plunged into another catastrophe of war.
This is also the theme of today’s security dialogue. I hope all participants may derive valuable conclusions.
Now let us warmly welcome Her Excellency Madam Tsai Ing-wen, the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).