Jan 14 (Reuters) – The outcome of Saturday’s election in Taiwan, where the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) presidential candidate Lai Ching-te emerged victorious, has garnered reactions from various foreign leaders and officials. Lai’s party advocates for Taiwan’s distinct identity and rejects China’s territorial claims.
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office:
The Taiwan Affairs Office of China stated that Lai’s win would not alter the fundamental landscape of cross-strait relations. In a statement via China’s state Xinhua news agency, spokesperson Chen Binhua emphasized that the election results indicated the Democratic Progressive Party’s inability to represent the island’s mainstream public opinion.
U.S. President Joe Biden:
President Biden asserted that the U.S. does not support independence, responding to the election outcome. Washington had earlier warned against any interference in the election, deeming it unacceptable.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken:
Secretary Blinken congratulated Lai on his victory and commended the people of Taiwan for showcasing the strength of their robust democratic system. He reiterated the U.S. policy of desiring peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, along with relations between Beijing and Taipei free from coercion. The statement expressed confidence in Taiwan continuing to be an example for those aspiring to freedom, democracy, and prosperity.
British Foreign Minister David Cameron:
Foreign Minister Cameron congratulated Lai and the DPP, expressing hope for renewed efforts between Taiwan and China to resolve their differences peacefully. He highlighted the elections as a testament to Taiwan’s vibrant democracy and urged constructive dialogue without the threat of force.
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa:
Japan congratulated Lai on his election and lauded the smooth voting process. The statement emphasized the expectation of peaceful resolution through dialogue, contributing to regional peace and stability. Taiwan was recognized as a crucial partner for Japan.
Russian Foreign Ministry:
The Russian Foreign Ministry maintained its stance, considering Taiwan as an integral part of China.
President of France’s Lower House of Parliament Yael Braun-Pivet:
Braun-Pivet extended congratulations to Lai and the Taiwanese democracy. Emphasizing the need to work together to defend law and peace across the Strait, she expressed her best wishes for the voters.
Germany’s Federal Foreign Office:
Germany’s Foreign Office congratulated the elected officials, voters, and candidates in Taiwan. Stressing close relations within the framework of its One-China policy, Germany expressed the intention to expand ties with Taiwan in various sectors.
These international reactions underscore the significance of Taiwan’s democratic process and its impact on cross-border relations.