Mr. CHAMBLISS. Madam President, January 14, 2012, marked Taiwan's fifth direct Presidential election, and on May 20, President Ma Ying-jeou will be sworn in for his second and final term as the leader of our friend and ally Taiwan. I would like to congratulate President Ma on his reelection, and I would also like to congratulate Taiwan for its commitment to democracy.
Since the island's first Presidential elections in 1996, the people and Government of Taiwan have enthusiastically embraced democratic values and ideals. From extremely high rates of voter participation in elections to public and open political discourse and debate, signs of a vibrant democracy can be seen throughout Taiwan's society.
The January elections proved a continuation of Taiwan's commitment to a democratic form of government, and President Ma's reelection demonstrates the faith the people of Taiwan have in his leadership. I therefore close by urging all my colleagues to join me in congratulating President Ma on his second inauguration and Taiwan's people for their embrace of democracy. I look forward to continuing to work to advance the strong relationship between Taiwan and the United States and our common goals and interests.