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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech as she launches her reelection campaign in Taipei Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech as she launches her reelection campaign in Taipei, Taiwan, Nov. 17, 2019 (AP photo by Chiang Ying-ying).

Tsai’s Likely Reelection in Taiwan Will Lead to More Tensions With China

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

Just over a year ago, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s political fortunes were stuck in a downward spiral. She resigned as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, or DPP, after it suffered a historic rout in local elections in 2018, losing 16 out of 22 key municipal and county-level leadership races. In the weeks following that drubbing, her approval rating dropped to an all-time low of 24 percent.

It looked as though Taiwan’s first female president would also be the first to serve only a single term in office. Who could have predicted then that Tsai would “rise from the ashes,” as Bloomberg put it, to become the overwhelming favorite in this weekend’s presidential election? One recent poll gave her a 30-point lead over her opponent, Han Guo-yu of the main opposition Kuomintang party, or KMT. ...

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