Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s 520 Inauguration Statement In The Congressional Record
HONORING DR. TSAI ING-WEN — (Extensions of Remarks – May 18, 2016)
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HON. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016
- Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the newly elected president of Taiwan , Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, who will be inaugurated on May 20, 2016. I ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating Dr. Tsai and in applauding Taiwan for completing another presidential election.
- Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will be Taiwan’s first female president, leading the country to a new chapter of transformation. Taiwan provides an example to be followed in gender equality and women in leadership at its highest level of government. Taiwan has made more progress with gender equality issues than many of its Pacific neighbors, having adopted a law to implement the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 2011.
- Taiwan is also an important partner to the United States, serving as a democratic beacon of freedom in the Pacific. Democracy is strong and vibrant in Taiwan and we must continue to support these ideals that are so similar to our own. We must remain steadfast in our support of Taiwan even though its future may hold challenges dealing with their neighbors.
- Our shared goal is to provide the basis for long-term peace and prosperity for both of our nations and worldwide. Taiwan , like the U.S., is also a responsible member of the international community and constantly works for the peaceful resolution of disputes. Taiwan has achieved a remarkable reduction of cross-strait tensions, and effectively works for peace, harmony, and civilized conduct by all nations throughout the world.
It is my privilege to travel to Taiwan for Dr. Tsai Ing-wen’s Inauguration in May, 2016. I look forward to supporting our friends there and personally congratulating Dr. Tsai.