U.S. should turn focus to Taiwan

Now the question is whether China's Xi Jinping will pay any attention to hearts and minds in Taiwan.



January 20, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected president of Taiwan on Jan. 11. (Chan Long Hei/SOPA Images/Zuma Press/TNS)

A dramatic election that produced a stunning victory for democracy got too little attention here last weekend, as Americans focused on Iran and impeachment.

In a blow to Beijing, Taiwan’s voters decisively reelected Tsai Ing-wen, a tough female president who rejects China’s demand that her island democracy unify with the mainland.

Angry Chinese officials insisted the unification of the island with the communist mainland was “inevitable.” This, despite the failure of military intimidation, economic incentives and rampant election meddling to convince the Taiwanese public.

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