Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Taiwan's Choice Voters Opt for a Government Less Friendly to Beijing

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Taiwan's Choice Voters Opt for a Government Less Friendly to Beijing

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Taiwan's elections Saturday were a triumph of democracy for the island and a mild setback for Beijing.

The island's 12 million voters ousted the Kuomintang party of President Ma Ying-jeou, who has ruled for the past eight years. They elected Tsai Ing-weu, Taiwan's first female president, and gave an absolute majority in the parliament to candidates of her Democratic Progressive Party.

The DPP captured 56 percent of the vote, followed by the Kuomintang at 30 percent and four other parties slicing up the rest.

For Beijing, the triumph of pro-independence DPP was disappointing. It called such Taiwanese aspirations "hallucinations" and potential "poison." Ms. Tsai's government is not expected to deliberately provoke mainland China, however. Relations may even continue to improve in the economic and commercial domain. …

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