After months of tumultuous election campaigns, the day of the decisive victory finally arrived. On January 11, 2020 (Saturday), the people of Taiwan use their votes to decide who will be their president, vice president, and legislator. This is a major choice concerning the future of Taiwan and the direction of cross-strait relations. The current president of the Democratic Progressive Party, Tsai Ing-wen, defeated the challenger Kuomintang presidential candidate, Kaohsiung mayor Hankook Yu, and the People First Party presidential candidate James Soong with a clear advantage. The DPP maintained its majority position in the Legislative Yuan. VOA will report the latest battle situation and reactions of all parties in time from Taipei, Kaohsiung, Beijing and Washington.
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The re-elected Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen plans to meet at the Presidential Palace on Sunday (January 12) local time with William Brent Christensen, Director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan, and then meet Mitsuo Ohashi, President of the Japan Taiwan Exchange Association .
The Senate Foreign Affairs Committee’s tweet said: “Congratulations to the people of Taiwan for holding another successful democratic election, and congratulations to Dr. Tsai Ing-wen’s victory. The United States values our important partnership with Taiwan.”
Some US lawmakers also congratulated Taiwan on the success of the election on Twitter.
Republican Senator Cory Gardner, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a tweet: “I extend my warmest congratulations to Tsai Ing-wen. I am honored to work with her to promote the relationship between our two countries. Friendship. As China continues its campaign to deprive Taiwan of its legitimacy, it is vital that the United States reaffirms our support for Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.”
Republican Senator Rick Scott’s tweet said: “The people of Taiwan have achieved an amazing victory with democracy! The threat and intervention of Communist China have failed, and the people have spoken loudly and clearly. Democracy has the upper hand!”
Republican Senator Josh Hawley said in a tweet: “Congratulations to Tsai Ing-wen on his historic victory. Tsai has always been a fearless fighter against Chinese imperialism. Congratulations on having more years to support freedom and openness. Asia.”
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted Foreign Minister Wu Zhaoxie’s tweet, expressing its gratitude to US Secretary of State Pompeo for his congratulatory statement.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, said in an interview with state media that Beijing’s policy towards National Taiwan University is clear and consistent. He emphasized Beijing’s “peaceful development”, “one country, two systems” and “opposing Taiwan independence” positions.
An unnamed senior official of the US administration said: “The United States congratulates the 23 million people in Taiwan for holding another free and fair presidential and legislative elections. Taiwan is a key partner of the United States and a free and open Indo-Pacific. Leader of the region.”
At an event to watch Taiwan’s election held by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C., James F. Moriarty, chairman of the American Association in Taiwan, said that Taiwan is “showing the world how to hold free and fair elections.” The most important force in Taiwan is Taiwanese democracy.”
Jonathan Fritz, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the US State Department, expressed congratulations to Tsai Ing-wen and the people of Taiwan on behalf of the US government at this event. He said: “Taiwan once again demonstrated an outstanding example of democratic practice.”
He also said: “We look forward to continuing to work with the Tsai government consensus and the leaders of all parties in Taiwan to advance our common interests and further strengthen the unofficial relationship between the United States and the people of Taiwan.”
Fei Dewei said: “In terms of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, we also have deep common interests with the people of Taiwan. We will continue to work hard to contain attempts to unilaterally change the status quo.”
The United States congratulates Tsai Ing-wen on being re-elected
US Secretary of State Pompeo issued a statement congratulating President Tsai Ing-wen on his re-election and praised Taiwan for setting a democratic example.
The full text of the Pompeo statement is translated as follows:
The United States congratulates Dr. Tsai Ing-wen on his re-election in the presidential election in Taiwan. We also congratulate Taiwan for once again demonstrating the power of its vibrant democratic system. This democratic system, coupled with a free market economy and a vibrant civil society, has made Taiwan a model for the Indo-Pacific region and a good world. the power of.
The American people and the people of Taiwan are not only partners, but also members of the same democratic family. Shared political, economic, and international values hold us together. We cherish our rights and freedoms protected by the Constitution, cultivate private sector-led growth and entrepreneurship, and strive to become a positive force in the international family.
The United States thanked President Tsai for her leadership in developing a strong partnership with the United States and praised her for persisting in maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait in the face of relentless pressure. Under her leadership, we hope that Taiwan will continue to be a shining example for countries that strive for democracy, prosperity, and open a better path for their people.
The Taiwan Central Election Commission announced the successful completion of the 2020 Taiwan general election at 10:41 pm local time. The number of electors for the presidential and vice presidential elections was 19.311105, and the number of voters was 14.46 million,4571. The turnout rate was 74.9%. President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President Lai Qinde recommended by the Democratic Progressive Party won the election.