Date: Nov 10, 2016
By: Shih Hsiao-kuang and Cheng Hung-ta / Staff reporters
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) yesterday expressed the hope
that Taiwan-US ties could further deepen following US president-elect Donald Trump’s victory, as other political parties also responded to the widely watched election.
At about 3:30pm in Taiwan yesterday, when US polls showed Trump leading his Democratic rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, by 247 to 215 electoral votes, the KMT issued a press release extending Hung’s congratulations to Trump.
“US elections have been the best exemplification of democracy. We also look to strengthen Taiwan-US bilateral ties,” Hung said in the news release.
Hung said that when former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was in office, Taiwan was admitted to the US’ Visa Waiver Program and Taipei’s relationship with Washington improved, with numerous mutual exchanges and bilateral programs being conducted between the two sides over the past eight years.
“The KMT wishes to build up on this foundation, to continue our mutual efforts and to deepen our cooperation in various sectors, in the hopes of … building closer Taiwan-US ties,” Hung said.
Meanwhile, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lo Chih-cheng (羅致政) said that Washington’s policies on Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific region would still be based on US interests. [FULL STORY]