U.S. midterm election results won't affect Taiwan: MOFA

11/08/2018 10:35 AM
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Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) A number of pro-Taiwan senators and congresspeople have won re-election during the just-concluded U.S. midterm elections, meaning that the election results will not affect the overall Taiwan-friendly sentiment in the U.S. Congress, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

The Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the midterm elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump, as a Democratic majority in the lower chamber, for the first time in eight years, will restrict his ability to steer his policies through Congress, according to foreign media reports.

But the Republicans consolidated their grip on the Senate, ensuring that Trump can still make key appointments, according to the reports.

Commenting on how the results could affect U.S.-Taiwan relations, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said the results will not affect the U.S. Congress' overall pro-Taiwan attitude.

Lee said Taiwan-U.S. relations have for decades enjoyed cross-party support in both the Senate and the House. Also, a number of pro-Taiwan senators and congresspeople have won re-election in the just-concluded elections.

"Therefore, we don't see that the latest results will affect the U.S. Congress friendly sentiment toward Taiwan," he said.

Lee said the ministry will continue to enhance relations with senators and congresspeople from all political parties in the U.S. to further solidify what he described as the already strong pro-Taiwan sentiment in both the Senate and the House.

According to local media reports, some of these officials might include Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Steve Chabot and Congressman Brad Sherman.

All three are supporters of the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages exchange visits by government officials between Taiwan and the U.S. and was signed into law this March.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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