Year in Review: 2016
words by Candy Li
Tsai Ing-wen is
first female president of Taiwan
Tsai Ing-wen, candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) became the first female president in Taiwan following the 2016 election. President Tsai’s election is the third peaceful election of the oppositional party in Taiwan’s history.
A 6.4 magnitude Earthquake
On the morning of February 6, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern Taiwan and caused severe damage. According to the Central Weather Bureau, there were at least four 3.8 magnitude aftershocks in about 30 minutes after the initial quake. The earthquake caused 2 buildings to collapse in Tainan, including 17-floor Wei Guan Golden Dragon Tower. After investigation, the Tainan government's legal affairs secretary said that the building toppled due to the negligence during construction, and three former executives involved in constructing the building were arrested.
Obama’s Historic Trip to Cuba
President Obama made the first visit to Cuba by a U.S. president since 1928. Obama was criticized by Republicans for making the trip, but he argued that it was time to begin normalizing relations.