Mr. WICKER. Mr. President, I congratulate President Ma Ying-jeou on his inauguration as President of Taiwan. From his education at Harvard University, to becoming the youngest cabinet minister in the history of Taiwan, to his election to the Presidency of Taiwan in 2008, President Ma has faced difficult challenges. As Justice Minister he took on the task of rooting out political corruption. As President he has faced the daunting charge of navigating Taiwan through the economic downturn, and after just a few years Taiwan has seen successful economic growth. In addition, President Ma has made notable progress in improving cross-strait relations. During his first term, he successfully negotiated 16 trade agreements with the People's Republic of China, increasing economic cooperation between these two countries.
For all of his hard work and success, I congratulate President Ma and wish him well on his second term in office. I hope the U.S. and Taiwan can continue to advance our shared interests and goals and to strengthen our valued relationship.