25 Sep

Taiwan chief wins landslide victory

first_imgChina claims Taiwan as its sacredterritory, to be taken by force if needed, a threat President Xi Jinpingreiterated a year ago. Incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (right) and Vice President-elect William Lai wave to their supporters after their election victory at a rally, outside the Democratic Progressive Party headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan on Jan. 11. REUTERS/TYRONE SIU TAIPEI – Taiwanese re-electedPresident Tsai Ing-wen has won a landslide victory on Saturday. Anti-government unrest inChinese-ruled Hong Kong took center stage during a campaign in which Tsai heldup Taiwan as a beacon of hope for protesters in the former British colony,rejecting Beijing’s offer of a “one country, two systems” model.center_img Tsai beat her main opponent Han Kuo-yuby over 2.6-million votes. Underscoring the scale of her victory, Tsai’sDemocratic Progressive Party also won a majority in parliament. “We hope that the Beijing authoritiescan understand that a democratic Taiwan with a government chosen by the peoplewill not give in to threats and intimidation,” Tsai said.(Reuters)last_img

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