The road to democracy may be winding and is like a river taking many curves, but eventually the river will reach the ocean.
Even if one tree falls down it wouldn't affect the entire forest.
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.
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.
Taiwan is an independent, sovereign country.
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.
We will strive to make Taiwan a better place and enable our people to live better lives.
I believe in the greatness of our democracy.
We have had a long wait for democracy.
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.
The election result is not a victory that belongs to me or my party.
I have great confidence in Taiwan's democracy.
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.
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.
We will make every effort to unify all ethnic groups, to strengthen belief in Taiwan and to persist in reform.
Over the next four years, I will continue to listen to different views and accept different suggestions.
The results of the two referenda demonstrate the majority view of the Taiwanese people.
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.
We must not demonstrate any arrogance, and we must refrain from any irrational or undemocratic behavior.
A defensive referendum is for avoiding war and to help keep the Taiwanese people free of fear.
Because we can't communicate, there's a lot of misunderstanding.
We also intend to deal with the issue of incorporating basic human rights into our new constitution.
The grandeur and strength or our people and democracy are as big as a forest.
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.
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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