Taiwan's pro-China President Ma Ying Jeou wins second term

   Jan 15, 11:03 am

Taipei, Jan 15 (ANI): Taiwan President Ma Ying Jeou has been re-elected to a second term, capturing over 50 percent of the vote, and has promised to further improve ties with neighbouring China.

"In the next four years, cross-strait relations will be more peaceful, with greater mutual trust and the chance of conflict will be less," The BBC quoted Ying Jeou, as saying.

"I must let Taiwan have a long-lasting environment of peace and stability," he added.

China does not recognise Taiwan, regarding the island as a breakaway province.

During Ying Jeou's presidency regular direct flights and shipping links were established with China and a landmark trade deal was signed that cut tariffs on hundreds of Taiwanese exports to the mainland.

With about 90 percent of votes counted, Taiwan's Central Election Commission said Ying Jeou had won 51 percent against 46.3 percent for his main opponent, Tsai Ing-wen .

Meanwhile, the United States, which is a key ally of Taiwan, congratulated Ying Jeou on his victory.

"Taiwan has again demonstrated the strength and vitality of its democratic system," the White House said in a statement.

"We are confident Taiwan will build on its many accomplishments, and we will continue to work together to advance our many common interests, including expanding trade and investment ties," it added. (ANI)

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