Tsai, Trump discuss economy, defense over phone

12/03/2016 12:41 PM

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke over the phone on issues related to developing economy and strengthening national defense, the Presidential Office said Saturday.

President Tsai also conveyed to Trump the hope that the United States would lend support for Taiwan to have more participation and contributions on international issues.

The conversation, which lasted for a little over 10 minutes, was held at 11 p.m. Friday Taipei time (10 a.m. Friday EST), the Presidential Office said in a press release.

Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), secretary-general of the National Security Council, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) and two other presidential aides were present during the conversation, according to the press release.

Tsai congratulated Trump on his victory in the closely contested U.S. presidential election and said she believed he would make an excellent president, it said.

In their conversation, Tsai and Trump shared views and ideals on governance, especially on promoting domestic economic development and strengthening national defense to ensure a better, safer life for the public.

The two leaders also exchanged views briefly on the situation in Asia.

On Taiwan-U.S. relations, Tsai expressed the wish of strengthening bilateral exchanges and contacts and establishing closer cooperation relations.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)

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