Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has been named as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes magazine, ranking 37th on its 2020 list that was released on Tuesday.
In a short introduction, the American business magazine said that Tsai’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic “is seen as a global model,” citing Taiwan’s early implementation of a contact tracing program to prevent the disease’s spread.
Tsai has also sought to make Taiwan an indispensable part of the world economy through initiatives promoting the country’s biotech, defense and green energy industries, Forbes said.
In terms of foreign policy, Tsai has “broken protocol” by making overtures to the United States, which have created tension with China, according to the magazine.
Forbes also noted Tsai’s significance as the first female leader of Taiwan, and said that her re-election to a second term in January “was seen as a rebuke to Beijing’s efforts to control the island.”
The Forbes list, now in its 17th edition, was comprised of women from 30 countries, and included 10 heads of state, 38 CEOs and five entertainers.
For the 10th consecutive year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel ranked first on the list, followed by European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
In terms of Asian women who made it on the list, Singapore’s Jessica Tan (陳心穎), co-CEO of the Ping An Group, China’s largest insurance company, ranked No. 20, followed by Ho Ching (何晶), CEO of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings, at No. 30.