Congratulations to President Tsai Ing-wen in winning this prestigious award.
Some members of the Canadian government have denied threatening funding if they awarded this to her. I hope they didn’t engage in such threats, if so, I am embarrassed and ashamed for Canada.
It doesn’t even matter your position on the argument, she is standing up for her citizens, this is the stance all real leaders are obligated to take.
Hong Kong (CNN)Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has been awarded a prestigious leadership prize, in a move that could infuriate Beijing, and following reports of attempted interference by Ottawa.
Tsai is the 2020 recipient of the John McCain Prize for Leadership in Public Service, the Halifax International Security Forum (HFX) announced late Monday. Though now independent, the Washington DC-based international security forum was founded by the Canadian government and receives considerable funding from Ottawa.
This year’s award is the second in a row that will likely displease Beijing, after the 2019 prize went to the people of Hong Kong “for their brave fight for their rights in the face of oppression from the government of China.” Beijing regards self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as part of its territory, and Tsai is a figure of loathing in Chinese state media.
China has stepped up military pressure against Taiwan in recent months