Taiwan elections

Media Release

17 January 2016

The Australian Government congratulates Dr Tsai Ing-wen on her victory in the Taiwan elections on 16 January. 

The smooth conduct of the elections is a tribute to the strength and maturity of Taiwan’s democracy and to the enthusiastic involvement of the Taiwanese people.

This will be Taiwan’s third peaceful transfer of power since becoming a democracy.

The Democratic Progressive Party has been successful in winning both the presidency and a majority in the legislature.

Australia welcomes continued cross-Strait dialogue, which is important to ongoing regional peace and stability.

Australia will continue to work with Taiwan on an unofficial basis including through our trade and investment ties and our cooperation in science and education. This builds on the close links between the Australian and Taiwanese people.

Last Updated: 17 January 2016