US-based magazine Foreign Policy has placed President Tsai Ing-wen on its list of the year's 100 global thinkers.
The list highlights the work of important figures from the past year. Tsai is one of the list's fifteen decision makers, alongside US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The magazine's profile of Tsai notes that she was included on the list for poking the bear, a reference to her China policy. The profile quotes from Tsai's first National Day address, given in October. Tsai called on Beijing to face up to the existence of the Republic of China, Taiwan's official name. Tsai also spoke about the faith Taiwan's people have in democracy.
Despite the magazine's citation, however, President Tsai has not sought to provoke China. Rather, she has urged Beijing to engage in constructive dialogue.
Source: Radio Taiwan International