Lai Ching-te, branded threat to peace by China, wins Taiwan vote

Taipei (AFP) – After voters defied warnings from Beijing and swept him to victory, Taiwan’s president-elect Lai Ching-te vows to defend the self-ruled island from “intimidation” from China. Lai — branded by Beijing as a threat to peace in the flashpoint region — pitched himself as the defender of Taiwan’s democratic way of life, but now has to navigate increasingly turbulent relations with communist China.


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