U.S. official: U.S. will not get involved in Taiwan's elections

11/15/2015 01:21 PM
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Washington, Nov. 14 (CNA) "The United States respects and admires Taiwan's democracy, and in so doing, will not get involved in Taiwan's elections," Jeffrey Horwitz, senior consultant at the U.S. State Department's Office of Taiwan Coordination, said Saturday at an event organized by the Taiwanese Association of America -- Greater Washington Chapter (華府台灣同鄉會).

Addressing the Taiwanese American annual Thanksgiving banquet, Horwitz spoke of Taiwan as "one of the driving democracies and a leading example" in the Asia-Pacific region.

He pointed out that the values of democracy, human rights, environmental protection and a peaceful prosperous Asia shared for generations has bound the U.S. and Taiwan together and created the foundation for "our enduring partnership."

Referring to Taiwan's upcoming presidential and legislative elections in January 2016, he said that the U.S. expects to see another display of "Taiwan's robust democracy."

On Taiwan's challenges and its future, the State Department consultant said that "we are all aware of the uncertainties Taiwan faces," and that "we recognize the tensions."

Lauding Taiwan as a participatory democracy, Horwitz expressed confidence that "the people of Taiwan have creative ways to make Taiwan a better place."

(By Tony Liao and Lillian Lin)ENDITEM/J

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