Members Of Congress Congratulate Dr. Tsai Ing-wen With Her Election Victory
In letters to President Elect Dr. Tsai Ing-wen and statements, members of the U.S. House of Representatives today congratulated Dr. Tsai with her resounding election victory on January 16.
Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) wrote: “The people of Taiwan have today chosen you to preside over their future for the next four years. I write to offer my warmest congratulations. Your victory is the result of your demonstrated commitment to serving the people of Taiwan and the democratic values Taiwan embodies.”
“I also congratulate the Taiwanese people who have demonstrated their commitment to a true and robust democratic process, voting for their government to change hands once again. The U.S. and Taiwan share a commitment to democracy, rule of law, and human rights, and Taiwan’s successes serve as an example of what can be built based on these principles. I have no doubt there will be a smooth transition, and urge all to recognize the results of the election in a peaceful manner.”
Ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) issued a statement saying: “The Taiwanese people have put their confidence in Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP party to lead them in the right direction and I look forward to continuing the collaborative and supportive relationship with our partner and friend.”
Chairman of the Asian Subcommittee Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) wrote: “Our close relationship with Taiwan, a vibrant democracy and natural ally, is only further deepened by this free election of their next leader and the peaceful transition of power that marks developed nations around the world. I look forward to working with President Tsai’s administration in the years ahead.”
In a very personal note, former Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) wrote: “I look forward to working with you and your new government to strengthen the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. I remember fondly the times that we have met: in my office in 2010, at a reception here in the House in 2011, in Taipei during a delegation I led in 2012, and again here in June of last year at a reception held by the Committee on Foreign Affairs where I presented you with a replica of the Statute of Freedom, the statue which has sat atop the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington for the past 150 years. The statue represents the values that we both strive to protect, a reminder of the constant vigilance required to preserve our freedom against tyranny.”
Former Chairman of the Asian Subcommittee Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) wrote: “I know that you will be a strong advocate for the people of Taiwan and I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with you and help strengthen the United States-Taiwan relationship.”
Hinting at Taiwan’s relationship with China, its giant neighbor across the Taiwan Strait, Rep. Chabot writes: “Additionally, it is my sincere hope that Taiwan’s neighbors in the region recognize the result of these elections and continue to work with the newly-elected leadership in Taiwan to maintain peace and stability in the region.”
FAPA President Peter Chen states: “On behalf of FAPA members worldwide, I offer my warm congratulations with your victory, Dr. Tsai, and my best wishes for your success as you prepare to take up the responsibilities and challenges of the highest office in the land. Now that you have lit up Taiwan, under your presidency the country will burn as a beacon of freedom and as a model for other countries in Asia and across the globe to emulate.”
Peter Chen concludes: “The people of Taiwan should also be praised for their continued commitment to freedom, human rights and democracy. As the saying goes: “A leader is a dealer in hope.” Your election, Dr. Tsai, not only provides the people of Taiwan with such hope, but provides inspiration and encouragement for people around the world, who are striving to attain such freedom, human rights and democracy….”
More letters of congratulations from members of Congress are expected during the coming days.