Taiwan President to Donate Salary for Ukraine Aid

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Wednesday that she, Vice President William Lai and Premier Su Tseng-chang will each donate their own one month’s salary to relief efforts for Ukraine.

“As a member of the global partners of democracy, Taiwan is not absent, and we fully support Ukraine,” Tsai told a parliament meeting.

Tsai said that the situation in Ukraine has created widespread sympathy in Taiwan. The island faces similar tensions with China, which claims the island as part of its own territory. Beijing has been increasing military pressure in the previous months to assert its claims.

The island’s foreign ministry will soon reveal details of a bank account set up for donations to Ukraine relief efforts, where she, Lai, and Su will each contribute a month’s salary.

Tsai as president is paid NT$400,000 ($14,250) a month, according to people familiar with the matter.

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