President Tsai discusses fake information with U.S. official

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met with United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby in Taipei Friday to share experiences and exchange views on countering fake information, deepening democracy and promoting human rights, according to the Presidential Office.

In a press release issued by the Presidential Office that day, Tsai said the current proliferation of fake information has become a challenge facing democracies around the world that has the power to impact the stable development of countries.

“We should seek a cooperative solution in the light of current issues,” Tsai said in reference to Busby’s visit.

Taiwan, like the United States, strives to defend the values of freedom, democracy and human rights, Tsai said, adding that in addition to thanking other countries for their support and assistance with democratic reform in Taiwan, she also hopes to share that experience with the international community.

Tsai talked to Busby about Taiwan’s experience with transitional justice including passing the Act on Promoting Transitional Justice, which seeks to address injustices committed during the country’s authoritarian-era, and the creation of the Transitional Justice Commission.

The value of transitional justice is to remember the lessons of history and move towards true reconciliation, Tsai affirmed.

Meanwhile, Tsai also said that over the past two years, relations between Taiwan and the U.S. have continued to improve, adding that she looks forward to more cooperation between the two countries.

Busby, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, was a special guest at a two-day Taiwan-U.S. co-hosted workshop on defending democracy, held Thursday and Friday.

The workshop was held under the Taiwan-U.S. Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF), according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which represents U.S. interests in the absence of official diplomatic ties. It was the 13th workshop since the GCTF’s inception in 2015.

(By Yeh Su-ping and William Yen)


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