Around 57 per cent of Taiwan’s voters have re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen for a second term.
China’s Government has made little effort to conceal its dislike of the 63-year-old, who spent much of her first term resisting Chinese pressure.
In her victory speech, Ms Tsai said she hoped the landslide win would “send the right signal” to China — that Taiwan won’t give in to coercion and threats.
She also expressed hope that the two sides could restart talks that have been shelved by Beijing since 2016, so long as China can respect Taiwan’s democracy.
In October 2019:
Taiwan has accused China of practicing “authoritarian expansionism” in the Pacific, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.