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Antony Blinken wishes Lai Ching-te as he is sworn-in as Taiwanese President
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Antony Blinken wishes Lai Ching-te as he is sworn-in as Taiwanese President

| @indiablooms | 20 May 2024, 07:04 pm

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday congratulated President Lai Ching-te of Taiwan after he was sworn in as Taiwan's new President.

"We also congratulate the Taiwan people for once again demonstrating the strength of their robust and resilient democratic system," Blinken wrote in his statement.

He said: "The partnership between the American people and the Taiwan people, rooted in democratic values, continues to broaden and deepen across trade, economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties."

He said: "The United States commends President Tsai Ing-wen for strengthening ties between the United States and Taiwan over the past eight years."

He said the USA is looking forward to working with him.

The US leader further said: "We look forward to working with President Lai and across Taiwan’s political spectrum to advance our shared interests and values, deepen our longstanding unofficial relationship, and maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."

After he was sworn in as the President,  Lai Ching-te urged China to  “cease their political and military intimidation against Taiwan” and to keep the world free from the fear of more war.

“I hope that China will face the reality of the Republic of China’s existence, respect the choices of the people of Taiwan, and in good faith, choose dialogue over confrontation, exchange over containment, and under the principles of parity and dignity, engage in cooperation with the legal government chosen by Taiwan’s people," he was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

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