After Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected on Saturday (January 11), US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo quickly issued a congratulatory statement. Pompeo also praised Taiwan for setting a “shining example” for the world, and said that the United States and Taiwan belong to the same democratic family.

The full text of the Pompeo statement is translated as follows:

“The United States congratulates Dr. Tsai Ing-wen for being re-elected in Taiwan’s presidential election. 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, make Taiwan Become a model for the Indo-Pacific region and a force for good in the world.

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. “

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Wu Zhaoxie thanked Pompeo for his congratulatory statement. A tweet issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “Thank you Secretary Pompeo for congratulating Tsai Ing-wen and acknowledging the power of the partnership between Taiwan and the United States. We are very happy to cooperate with you more closely in the future.”

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.”

On the same day, at the Taiwanese elections held by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, D.C., Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Jonathan Fritz also expressed to Tsai Ing-wen and the people of Taiwan on behalf of the US government. congratulate.

Fei Dewei said: “We look forward to continuing to work with the Cai government and 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.”

He went on to say: “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.”

U.S. Congressmen congratulate Taiwan on democratic elections

On the same day, the co-chair of the Taiwan Connection of the US House of Representatives also issued a statement congratulating Tsai Ing-wen on being re-elected as President of Taiwan.

Republican Steve Chabot, Democrat Albio Sires, Republican Mario Diaz-Balart, and Democrat Connery (Gerald E The full text of the statement jointly issued by Connolly is translated as follows:

“As the co-chairman of the Congress Taiwan Connection, we sincerely congratulate President Tsai Ing-wen on his re-election as President of Taiwan.

We are ready to work with her government to consolidate our close relations, deepen our economic cooperation, promote peace and prosperity for the people of Taiwan, and promote the freedom and openness of the Indo-Pacific. We will also seek to ensure that the United States fulfills our commitments to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act, the six guarantees, and the Taiwan Travel Act.

Taiwan is a beacon of Indo-Pacific democracy and a model for people in the region and around the world. Today’s election shows once again that democracy demonstrates the will of the people in a way that promotes peace, freedom and prosperity. “

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee also issued a congratulatory statement via Twitter.

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 U.S. lawmakers also quickly 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 friendship between our two countries. 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.”

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 U.S. lawmakers also quickly 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 friendship between our two countries. 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 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 a free and open Asia. “

DPP member Tsai Ing-wen defeated Kuomintang challenger Hanguo Yu by a clear advantage. Han Guoyu congratulated Tsai Ing-wen, and Tsai Ing-wen also expressed her gratitude to her opponents, and said that winning the election will not hinder her reflection on her future work.

Tsai Ing-wen received 57.1% of the votes, with more than 8.17 million votes, becoming the elected president of Taiwan with the most votes in history.

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