Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley on the Results of the Taiwan Election

Jan 14, 2020
Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On the Results of the Taiwan Election
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
 
As President pro tem of the United States Senate, I want to recognize democracy working in Taiwan.
 
On Saturday, the 23 million proud people of Taiwan exercised their democratic right to select their own leaders.
 
I congratulate President Tsai on her reelection.
 
I would also like to take this moment to congratulate all Taiwanese for being a shining light amidst dark times in other parts of East Asia.
 
All of us remember what’s been going on in Hong Kong for the last several months as they try to exercise rights that the Chinese government gave them in 1997 when they signed an agreement with the British government turning back Hong Kong to China. They would have the rights for the next 50 years to have the same democratic principles they had under the British Empire.
 
Despite continued intimidation by the Chinese Communist Party across the Taiwan strait, this proud island stood up to protect its democracy and sovereignty. That’s exemplified by the election on Saturday.
 
Let us all congratulate the people of Taiwan for their remarkable accomplishment, and continue to work in this chamber to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan relations.
 
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