President Tsai Ing-wen and United States President-elect Donald J. Trump engaged in a phone conversation at 11:00 p.m. on December 2, Taiwan time (10:00 a.m. December 2, North American Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
President Tsai first congratulated Mr. Trump on behalf of the government and people of Taiwan for winning election as US president. President Tsai said she was deeply impressed by the ability of Mr. Trump and his team to win such a fiercely contested election. She also conveyed her best wishes to Mr. Trump, and expressed confidence that he will perform as an outstanding leader after he takes office.
During the phone conversation, President Tsai and President-elect Trump exchanged pleasantries and shared their views and principles regarding key policy matters, particularly the need to promote domestic economic development and strengthen national defense so that citizens can enjoy better lives and increased security.
The two also briefly exchanged views on conditions in the Asian region. Commenting on future Taiwan-US relations, President Tsai expressed hope that the two sides can enhance bilateral interactions and liaison so as to build a closer cooperative relationship. President Tsai also told President-elect Trump that she hopes the US will continue to support Taiwan in its quest for more opportunities to participate in international affairs and make contributions.
The call between President Tsai and President-elect Trump lasted over 10 minutes, during which time President Tsai was accompanied by National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), Minister of Foreign Affairs David T. Lee (李大維), Acting Secretary-General to the President Liu Chien-sin (劉建忻), and Presidential Office Spokesperson Huang Chung-yen (黃重諺).