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MOFA thanks US, Japan for supporting new administration

Congratulatory messages following the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi are sincerely appreciated by the government and people of Taiwan, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs May 20.

In his statement, Blinken anticipated continued mutually beneficial collaboration with the Lai administration to promote shared values and cross-strait stability. He also took the opportunity to express appreciation for former President Tsai Ing-wen’s contributions to bilateral relations.

Hayashi lauded Taiwan and Japan’s close economic and trade ties and people to people exchanges at the post-inauguration news conference and said he hoped relations further deepen under Lai’s leadership while paying tribute to Tsai. He reiterated that Taiwan Strait peace is critical to the international community, adding that Japan would directly convey its expectations to China.

According to the MOFA, both Blinken and Hayashi immediately sent congratulations after Taiwan’s general election Jan. 13, with their latest remarks once again demonstrating the two like-minded countries’ high regard for Taiwan. The government will continue to expand cooperation across the board to advance peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, the ministry said. (POC-E)

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