Taiwan expresses hopes for closer US ties as Trump takes office

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-01-21

The government has expressed hopes for closer ties with the United States during the presidency of

A tweet by President Tsai Ing-wen congratulates US President Donald Trump on his inauguration and expresses hopes for closer ties with the US. (CNA)

Donald Trump.

In a tweet sent out Saturday, Taiwan Time, President Tsai Ing-wen wrote “Democracy is what ties Taiwan and the US together. Look forward to advancing our friendship & partnership”.

The Presidential Office also released a statement saying that Tsai believes the US is Taiwan’s most important ally, with the two sides enjoying close cooperation in the areas of politics, trade, security, and culture. The statement said that the people of Taiwan and the United States enjoy close friendship, and that the two sides have actively contributed to the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.

The foreign ministry also sent out a press release Saturday congratulating Trump and expressing hopes for closer ties with the US. The ministry says that Taiwan and the US share the common values of freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights. The ministry says that Taiwan looks forward to continuing cooperation with the US, strengthening bilateral ties, and working with the US for regional peace, stability and prosperity.    [SOURCE]

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