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Tsai Ing-wen becomes Taiwan’s first female president
Although vote counting is still underway, the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) appears to have secured a landslide victory. Her main opponent, Eric Chu, of the Kuomintang, has already conceded defeat and resigned from the leadership of his party. Chen Chien-je, a Catholic, becomes vice president.
05/10/2011 TAIWAN – CHINA – JAPAN
2012 elections: DPP candidate Tsai on Taiwan’s future
The opposition leader challenges outgoing President Ma’s pro-Beijing stance. For her, any dialogue with the mainland requires respect for the island’s democracy. Visiting Japan, she supports a three-way deal between Taipei, Tokyo and Washington.
Ma Ying-jeou chosen KMT candidate in 2008 presidential elections
Despite corruption charges and internal party rivalries, the KMT leadership chooses Taipei’s former mayor as its sole candidate against the Democratic Progressive Party led by independence-leaning Chen Shui-bian.
Thousands of activists want to “dump Ma” to preserve Taiwan’s autonomy
Presidential elections are scheduled for next January. The DPP is running Tsai Ing-wen, the first woman presidential candidate, against outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang. Surveys indicate the two are tied in popular support.
20/05/2016 09:30:00 TAIWAN
Tsai Ing-wen sworn in: I respect history, but Taiwan comes first
The new president, the first woman to lead the Republic of China, delivers a long speech in front of 20 thousand supporters. The five points of her program start from the transformation of the economic structure of the island and call for a return of "social justice". The relationship with Beijing comes toward the end: no direct mention of the "1992 Consensus", but a commitment to the maintenance of "stable and peaceful relations" across the Strait.
20/03/2008 TAIWAN – TIBET
Presidential Election: Tibet might sink the KMT
The Progressive Democratic Party candidate attacks his adversary’s support for the Lhasa demonstrations, saying that the KMT plans to sell Taiwan down the river to Beijing and turn it into a new Tibet. Polls open next Saturday; the outcome remains uncertain.
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