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Myanmar may improve ties with Taiwan after election: representative

Myanmar may improve ties with Taiwan after election: representative

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) A Taiwanese representative in Myanmar said Monday he is cautiously optimistic about increased exchanges between Taipei and Yangon in the future following the conclusion of Myanmar's national election Sunday. Myanmar is counting ballots after voting ended Sunday in the country's first general election since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011. Millions of people have voted in Myanmar's landmark election, with a massive turnout that could catapult opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party to power and finally end decades of military control, Clifford Li (???), the Myanmar-born director of the International Cooperation and Development Fund's (Taiwan ICDF, ???) Yangon office said, citing media reports. The National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, said Monday it is on track to win more than 70 percent of seats in the country's historic election -- a tally that could sweep it to power and end decades of military dominance, according to foreign media reports. The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief as polls closed on Sunday, with no major incidents of violence or voter irregularity reported across the country, Li quoted local media reports, adding that the peaceful election process is thought to be unprecedented in the country's political history. This shows Myanmar's voters have become more rational in their support of democratic and peaceful changes in the country, Li said. Over the past few decades, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Myanmar have maintained cooperation and exchanges in many areas, including education, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and medical and health care, according to Li. After the results of the general elections are announced, more new opportunities for bilateral cooperation and exchanges are expected to be brought about, Li said. The ICDF is Taiwan's dedicated professional development assistance agency responsible for carrying out the government's official development assistance (ODA) work. (By T.C. Liu and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-20 20:34 GMT+08:00