Dalai Lama greets Taiwan leader on election win

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Dharamsala, Jan 18 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Monday congratulated Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen on winning Taiwan’s presidential election.

“It’s indeed encouraging to see how firmly rooted democracy has become in Taiwan,” the Nobel Peace laureate said in a statement.

The opposition DPP leader was elected as the first female president of Taiwan in a landmark election. She garnered 56.1 percent vote last week, ending pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) or Nationalist Party’s rule in Taiwan for eight years.

Saluting the people of Taiwan, he said: “It’s a model and source of inspiration to those who aspire for freedom and accountable leadership. As someone dedicated to promoting democracy, I salute what the people of Taiwan have accomplished.”

Recalling his visits to Taiwan, the Tibetan leader said when he met Tsai Ing-wen in 2009, he was able to see for himself the progress the people had made in economy and education sectors.

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“Links established with mainland China in business and trade should grow and be extended to include increased people-to-people exchanges,” the Dalai Lama added.

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