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Taiwan elections

US congratulates Tsai and calls Taiwan a 'model'

Pompeo commends Taipei's democracy, free market and civil society

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the White House on Jan. 10.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on her re-election on Saturday and lauded her for seeking stability with China "in the face of unrelenting pressure."

In a statement that could anger Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of China, Pompeo said Taiwan's democratic system, free market economy and civil society, made it "a model for the Indo-Pacific region and a force for good in the world."

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