Clinton cites democratic achievements of Taiwan
CNATAIPEI--United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complimented Taiwan, among several other Asian countries, on its democratic development, in a recent speech in Mongolia, according to Taiwan's representative office there.
July 20, 2012, 12:25 am TWN
“Anyone who doubts that political openness and prosperity go hand-in-hand only have to look to South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan — democratic societies that have delivered tremendous economic benefits,” said Clinton, during her speech at the International Women's Leadership Forum on July 9.
She also cited Taiwan's “vigorous but peaceful presidential elections” in January as proof against the notion that democracy is unsuited to the region's history or antithetical to Asian values.
Clinton was in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator to attend the women's forum and the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy held by the Poland-based Community of Democracies.
Taiwanese lawmaker Lin Yu-fang was also in Ulan Bator for the Community of Democracies event, representing the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.
Lin met with several newly elected Mongolian lawmakers and was invited to a state banquet held by Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj.