(As Prepared for Delivery)
Good morning President Tsai, Advisor Koo, Minister Wu, let me just say that I too am honored and pleased to be here today with two great Americans, my good friends, Senator Dodd and Ambassador Richard Armitage, who really represent the finest that America has and I am honored today to be with you. You know, it’s been my privilege to work closely with Taiwan’s leaders and the people of Taiwan over many years, and I admire greatly the vibrant democracy you have built. Taiwan’s magnificent efforts at responding to the COVID-19 outbreak is a testament to how a democracy can provide strong and effective governance for the benefits not only of its own citizens but for the globe. The whole world has taken note of your achievements, Madam President. and I want to thank you for your gracious hospitality, and the close and ongoing friendship between our two peoples.