Taiwan is an ‘example for Indo-Pacific' says US Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo says Taiwan’s democracy is an example for the region

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Taiwan’s “constitutional democracy is an example for the entire Indo-Pacific” in a tweet on Nov. 24, after Taiwan’s successful local elections.

Pompeo described Taiwan’s local elections last weekend as “free and fair,” which saw the people of Taiwan chose more than 11,000 officials and vote on 10 wide-ranging referendums.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs retweeted Pompeo’s post and said:

"We thank @SecPompeo for the praise & recognition. As a beacon of freedom & democracy, #Taiwan is willing & able to share its experiences & work with like-minded countries such as the #US in advancing peace, stability & prosperity in the #IndoPacific.”

The local elections yielded a disappointing outcome for the nationally-ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who lost control of six cities and counties.

Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) candidates Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), and Hou You-yi (侯友宜) were respectively voted in as new mayors of Kaohsiung, Taichung, and New Taipei City, while the DPP’s Huang Wei-che (黃偉哲) and Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) retained their positions as respective mayors of Tainan and Taoyuan.

In a thrilling finish to the Taipei City Mayor race, independent incumbent Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) was re-elected by a mere 3,254 votes, leading to an expected recount.

The minor New Power Party (NPP) made significant inroads at the local level, with 16 of their 40 candidates elected city and county councilors across Taiwan.

The people of Taiwan also voted in favor of same-sex marriage legalization to take place without changing the Civil Code, and rejected the notion of Taiwan competing in international sporting events under the name “Taiwan,” rather than the common-place moniker of “Chinese Taipei.”

The U.S. Department of State also sent a congratulatory message to Taiwan after the elections.