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Also in the new constitution, we want to lower the voting age from 20 years to 18 years and also gradually implement a voluntary military service in replacement of the current compulsory military service.
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At the same time, we want to again appeal to the mainland to understand how firm the Taiwanese people's will is in wanting democracy and peace.
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Because it is the first time, some of our people have not fully understood the democratic value and implementation of this referendum.
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Even if I were knocked down by one gunshot it wouldn't affect our democracy and I wasn't knocked down and I have great confidence in our democracy and in Taiwan and in the people of Taiwan.
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Even if one tree falls down it wouldn't affect the entire forest.
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God bless Taiwan! Let us join in unity to protect this land and the common future of the 23 million Taiwanese people!
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However, I must say that I am very happy to see that we have such a positive result for our first referendum in our history and that gives me more confidence in Taiwan's democracy.
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I believe in the greatness of our democracy.
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I believe in the greatness of our people.
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I believe that this is not only the view of the people on both sides of the Strait. It is also the common expectation of the US, Japan and the international community.
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I expect the ruling and opposition parties to work together for the future of Taiwan.
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I have great confidence in Taiwan's democracy.
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I have great confidence in the universal value and in basic human rights and I have great confidence that referenda will eventually take root and become part of our daily lives in Taiwan.
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I understand the harsh feelings and sentiments from my opponents and their supporters because I myself have been defeated twice in my political life in the past and I understand very well it is hard to accept your own failure.
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If we really love and cherish Taiwan, we should hold our hands in unity to protect our country and our democratic values with the most humble and tolerant hearts.
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In the 1999 resolution regarding Taiwan's future passed by the Democratic Progressive Party, it is stated very clearly that any change to the status quo of Taiwan must be decided by the people of Taiwan through referenda.
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It has been well over half a century and I'm glad to say we have taken the right path from authoritarianism to democracy and this is a road of no return.
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It is not only a new era for Taiwan's democracy, it is a new era for solidarity and harmony, and a new era for peace across the Taiwan Strait.
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Nevertheless, the people are the masters of our country, and this fact will never change whether or not you voted in today's referendum.
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Over the next four years, I will continue to listen to different views and accept different suggestions.
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Secondly I would like to make continuous efforts of stabilising cross Strait relations, eventually reaching peace across the Taiwan strait and stability and security in the Asia Pacific region.
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Taiwan is an independent sovereign country.
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The election is over, and even though there are people who have different ideologies and beliefs, from now on we must all embrace each other, creating a harmonious and unified new Taiwan through our love and tolerance.
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The election result is not a victory that belongs to me or my party.
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The grandeur and strength or our people and democracy are as big as a forest.
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The people of Taiwan have once again written a new page in our history and taken a great step forward in democracy.
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The results of the two referenda demonstrate the majority view of the Taiwanese people.
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The road to democracy may be winding and is like a river taking many curves, but eventually the river will reach the ocean.
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The whole world is watching Taiwan's democracy, and the 23 million people of Taiwan will get a thumbs up from the world.
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Through mutual understanding, sincerity and goodwill, and with great wisdom and broad views, the leaders on both sides should jointly initiate new opportunities for peace, stability, cooperation and mutual benefit.
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We also intend to deal with the issue of incorporating basic human rights into our new constitution.
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We ask them to remove the missiles deployed against Taiwan, give up their military threat, and instead let us together open the door to cross-Strait peaceful and stable dialogue and negotiations.
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We have had a long wait for democracy.
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We must not demonstrate any arrogance, and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior.
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We must unify Taiwan, we cannot afford to have our society being divided in half.
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We sincerely ask the Beijing authorities across the Strait to view the election result from a positive perspective, to accept the democratic decision of the Taiwanese people.
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We will make every effort to unify all ethnic groups, to strengthen belief in Taiwan and to persist in reform.
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We will strive to make Taiwan a better place and enable our people to live better lives.
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