Taiwan’s government wins a third term, delivering a blow to Beijing’s ambitions for the democratic island

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 03:53:37 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Taipei: Taiwan’s government has won an unprecedented third term, sending
former doctor and Tainan mayor Lai Ching-te to the presidency and cementing
tensions with Beijing for the next four years.

In a rebuke of the opposition Kuomintang’s (KMT) call for closer ties with
China after almost a decade of military threats and economic coercion, voters
backed Lai and the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) campaign for greater
sovereignty for Taiwan.

“We are telling the international community that between democracy and
authoritarianism we are standing side by side with democracy,” Lai said in his
victory speech after greeting thousands of supporters in downtown Taipei on

Lai pledged to continue standing up to threats from Beijing. “We will not turn
around or walk backwards,” he said. “We are determined to safeguard Taiwan from
continuing intimidation and threats from China.”"

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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