Focus Taiwan: Former U.S. vice president calls for stronger links with Taiwan

Washington, Jan. 11 (CNA) Joe Biden, a former vice president of the United States and Democratic Party aspirant for the presidency in 2020, called for stronger ties with Taiwan in a tweet Saturday congratulating President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on her election victory.

“Congratulations to President Tsai and the people of Taiwan for another successful election,” wrote Biden, saying: “You are stronger because of your free and open society.”

“The United States should continue strengthening our ties with Taiwan and other like-minded democracies,” he tweeted.

He also retweeted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s congratulatory statement, in which Pompeo praised Taiwan for having once again demonstrated the strength of its robust democratic system through the Jan. 11 election.

Expressing thanks for Tsai’s leadership in developing a strong U.S.-Taiwan partnership, Pompeo lauded Tsai for seeking stability with China “in the face of unrelenting pressure.”

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