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President Ma congratulates Obama on winning U.S. presidency

President Ma Ying-jeou held a press conference at 10 this morning in response to the "anti-China" incidents over the past days since ARATS Chairman Ch...
 President-elect Barack Obama waves after giving his acceptance speech at Grant Park in Chicago Tuesday night, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez ...

President Ma Ying-jeou held a press conference at 10 this morning in response to the "anti-China" incidents over the past days since ARATS Chairman Ch...

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President-elect Barack Obama waves after giving his acceptance speech at Grant Park in Chicago Tuesday night, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez ...

President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday congratulated the newly-elected U.S. President-elect Barack Obama for winning the race for the White House, and said he is confident that U.S.-Taiwan relations will continue to develop.
According to an official press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) , upon learning the election results, President Ma immediately sent out the letter, in which he extended his gratitude to the president-elect for his friendship to and support of Taiwan-U.S. relations and Taiwan's new cross-strait policies.
“President Ma also expressed his hope that, under the new U.S. president’s outstanding leadership, the long friendship between the United States and the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to strengthen and grow,”the MOFA said.
Noting that President Ma’s hand-written congratulatory letter will be delivered to the Obama office by noon of Nov. 5 U.S. east coast time, Foreign Minister Francisco H.L. Ou told the Central News Agency that U.S.-Taiwan relations will continue to develop.
“Bilateral relations (between Taiwan and the U.S.) will remain unchanged despite that there will be new leader in the White House, ”Ou said.“Given the mature two-party politics in America, their position on Taiwan-U.S. relations is always for the continuing development of positive interactions and both parties hope that peaceful dialogue will be carried out between the two sides on the Taiwan Strait.”
Tsai Ing-wen, chairperson of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, also expressed her congratulations to Obama, saying that she hopes the U.S. will continue to pay enough attention to this part of the world, as the situation in Asia is going to be very complicated in the next ten years and there will be a lot of changes.
“I am sure the U.S. has major strategic interest in this part of the world,”Tsai said.
“My sense is that the new administration will probably pay more attention to this part of the world. If that is the case, I would expect that the relationship between Taiwan and the U.S. as well as the relationship between China and the U.S. will be better managed,” she added.
Garnering 338 electoral votes to defeat Republican candidate John McCain’s 163 electoral votes, Obama became the 44th and first African-American president of the U.S. He will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009.


Updated : 2021-10-17 08:50 GMT+08:00