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Canada, Australia congratulate DPP's Tsai on being elected president

2016/01/17 21:01:08

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Canada and Australia on Sunday congratulated Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party on her victory in Taiwan's presidential election and said they were looking forward to working with the new government to promote relations with Taiwan.

"The smooth conduct of the elections is a tribute to the strength and maturity of Taiwan's democracy and to the enthusiastic involvement of the Taiwanese people," Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a congratulatory statement.

Australia welcomes continued dialogue across the Taiwan Strait, which is important to ongoing regional peace and stability, according to the statement.

"Australia will continue to work with Taiwan on an unofficial basis, including through our trade and investment ties and our cooperation in science and education," it said. "This builds on the close links between the Australian and Taiwanese people."

In similar vein, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei congratulated the people of Taiwan on exercising their democratic right in the presidential and legislative elections.

"We have supported the ongoing development of Taiwan's democratic institutions over the years and welcome the election of Taiwan's first female president, Tsai Ing-wen," said the office, which represents Canada's interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Canada looks forward to deepening its long-standing trade and people-to-people ties with Taiwan and also hopes cross-strait peace and stability will be maintained, the office said in a statement.

Germany is also among the countries that have issued congratulatory statements on Taiwan's elections.

“The free and fair conduct of the elections in Taiwan has clearly shown how deeply rooted the democracy in Taiwan is,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement Saturday.

The maintenance of peace and stability across the strait is important, he said, adding that Germany welcomes the progress made so far in the cross-strait relations and hopes the ongoing dialogue will continue.

Congratulatory messages have also come from France, Japan, Nauru, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union, among others.

(By Elaine Hou)