Taiwan Election: US congratulates Tsai

Taiwan News
Date: 2016-01-16
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The United States Department of State 6729316congratulated Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen Saturday on being elected Taiwan’s first woman president.

“The United States congratulates Dr. Tsai Ing-wen on her victory in Taiwan’s presidential election. We also congratulate the people on Taiwan for once again demonstrating the strength of their robust democratic system, which will now undergo another peaceful transition of power,” said an online statement by spokesman John Kirby.

As usual, the US statement also paid attention to relations with China. “We share with the Taiwan people a profound interest in the continuation of cross-Strait peace and stability. We look forward to working with Dr. Tsai and Taiwan’s leaders of all parties to advance our many common interests and further strengthen the unofficial relationship between the United States and the people on Taiwan.”

The State Department also had words for President Ma Ying-jeou, who leaves office on May 20.     [FULL  STORY]

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