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  Pro-independence party wins Taiwan polls

Pro-independence party wins Taiwan polls

REUTERS | J.R. WU AND YIMOU LEE
Published : Jan 17, 2016, 5:37 am IST
Updated : Jan 17, 2016, 5:37 am IST

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen prepares to cast her vote at a polling station in Taipei, Taiwan, on Saturday. — AP

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Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen prepares to cast her vote at a polling station in Taipei, Taiwan, on Saturday. — AP

Taiwan’s independence-leaning Opposition leader Tsai Ingwen won a convincing victory in presidential elections on Saturday and pledged to maintain peace with neighbour China, which warned it would oppose any move towards independence.

 

Ms Tsai, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), will be thrust into one of Asia’s toughest and most dangerous jobs, with China pointing hundreds of missiles at the island it claims as part of its territory.

Ms Tsai said she would establish “consistent, predictable and sustainable” relations with China and not be provocative, to ensure the status quo.

She risks antagonising China if she attempts to forcefully assert Taiwan’s sovereignty and reverses eight years of warming China ties under incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou of the Nationalists.

“Both sides have a responsibility to do their utmost to find mutually acceptable ways to interact with respect and reciprocity and ensure no provocation and no surprises,” Ms Tsai added, having taken around 56 per cent of the vote.

 

She added, however, that she would defend Taiwan’s interests and its sovereignty. China has not renounced the use of force to ensure eventual unification with the island.

“Our democracy, national identity and international space must be fully respected and any suppression would undermine the stability of cross-Strait relations,” she said.

In a statement carried by state media, China’s Taiwan affairs office said the achievements and peace of the past eight years should be cherished, and that it would not tolerate any Taiwan independence activities.

“On important issues of principle like protecting the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, our will is as hard as a rock,” it said.

 

China was willing to have exchanges with any party, as long as they recognise both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China, it added.

Support for the DPP has swelled since 2014, when hundreds of students occupied Taiwan’s Parliament for weeks protesting against a China trade bill in the largest display of anti-China sentiment the island had seen in years.

Ms Tsai, a lawyer, got an even stronger mandate as the DPP also won a majority in Parliament in polls held the same day.

Ms Tsai will have to balance the superpower interests of China, which is also Taiwan’s largest trading partner, and the United States with those of her freewheeling, democratic home.

 

The US state department said it looked forward to working with Ms Tsai.

“We share with the Taiwan people a profound interest in the continuation of cross-Strait peace and stability,” it said.

Still, underscoring investor worries about uncertainty following her possible victory, on Friday the Taiwan dollar ended lower against the US dollar in its weakest closing since April 2009.

Location: Taiwan, Taipei