Lai Ching-te Takes Office as Taiwan's New President

  • 21 May 2024

On 20th May, 2024, Lai Ching-te was sworn in as Taiwan's new president, taking over from Tsai Ing-wen. He faces significant challenges from a suspicious China and a fractious domestic parliament.

  • Despite China's disapproval, Lai plans to extend goodwill towards Beijing and call for peaceful relations in his inauguration speech.
  • Lai Ching-te was inaugurated at the presidential office in Taipei, having served as vice president under Tsai Ing-wen.
  • China views Taiwan as part of its territory and has increased military activities around the island since Lai's election victory.
  • The inauguration ceremony included former U.S. officials, international lawmakers, and leaders from Taiwan's diplomatic allies, such as Paraguay's President Santiago Pena.
  • China's Taiwan Affairs Office has demanded Lai choose between peaceful development and confrontation.