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Statement by Sean McCormack, Spokesman of U.S. Department of State Inauguration of Ma Ying-Jeou May 20, 2008

OT0808E | Date: 2008-05-21

We congratulate Ma Ying-jeou on his inauguration. We look forward to working with Taiwan's new leaders and maintaining the vibrancy of our economic and people-to-people relationship.

We welcome initiatives to reduce tension in the Taiwan Strait. As President Bush said after the March vote, "the election provides a fresh opportunity for both sides to reach out and engage one another in peacefully resolving their differences."