BALTIMORE –U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following Taiwan’s historic election.
“Taiwan has once again demonstrated an unwavering commitment to democracy and freedom of expression following their now concluded historic campaign and election. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Taiwan for once again exercising their democratic rights and serving as a shining example for the international community in holding their presidential and legislative elections.
“President-elect Tsai Ing-wen secured an historic victory by becoming the first female president of Taiwan. This achievement should be celebrated throughout the world and I wish the newly elected government taking office later this year continued success as they begin the process of governing and leading Taiwan.
“President Ma has led a prospering Taiwan during his time in office and took courageous risks. I offer my congratulations to him for having served his country proudly and with distinction.
“I look forward to the relationship between Taiwan and the United States further strengthening now and long into the future. As the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I will remain a strong champion of the Taiwan Relations Act, a longstanding tenant of U.S. foreign policy, and to efforts toward maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and throughout East Asia.”