(TAPEI, Taiwan.) JUST IN: President has met with the de facto US ambassador the day after winning the island’s presidential election by a record margin, as China warned that countries should stick with recognising communist-ruled Beijing as the rightful government of “One China” #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.12: Some 57 per cent of Taiwan’s voters opted to give Tsai Ing-wen a second term, delivering her a landslide victory over Beijing-friendly rival Han Kuo-yu, who received just 39 per cent of the vote: “Taiwan’s people once again use the vote in their hands to show the world the value of democracy,” Ms Tsai said when meeting William Brent Christensen, a US diplomat who is director of the American Institute in Taiwan.

The woman China can’t topple

The woman China can't topple
China’s Government has made little effort to conceal its dislike of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, and her landslide re-election is a massive blow to Xi Jinping, writes Bill Birtles.

“Democracy and freedom are indeed Taiwan’s most valuable assets and the foundation of the long-term Taiwan-US partnership,” Ms Tsai said, vowing to deepen cooperation with the United States on issues from defence to economy “

“In the future, we will continue to build on the foundation we have created over the past three years to strengthen our cooperation on global issues.”

While China says Taiwan is its territory, Taiwan maintains it is an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name.

A woman holds up a sign that reads "no China" amid supporters of Tsai Ing-wen.Photo: Beijing’s hostility to Ms Tsai and protests in Hong Kong loomed large over the campaign. (AP: Chiang Ying-ying) 

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen meets top US official as Beijing claims ‘cheating, repression’ after election landslide

Director of the American Institute in Taiwan at right meets with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, at left.Photo: The US congratulated Tsai Ing-wen for resisting “unrelenting pressure” from Beijing. (AP: Taiwan Presidential Office)

Key points:

  • Many observers see Tsai Ing-wen’s victory as a rebuke of Beijing
  • China has alleged Ms Tsai’s camp used “dirty tactics” to win
  • Taiwan’s Government says Beijing should respect the election result

Ms Tsai ran partly on a platform to protect the island’s democracy and autonomy from Beijing’s desire to rule the island under a “one country, two systems” model: She has sought closer relations with the US while pushing back against pressure from China, and the Trump Administration has reciprocated.

Ms Tsai’s victory is a setback for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing is grappling with an economic slowdown and long-running, sometimes violent anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong. Tsai Ing-wen’s victory is a setback for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing is grappling with an economic slowdown and long-running anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Jan.12: 2020:

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