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As Tsai pledges stronger Taiwan, Beijing watches and waits

Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party celebrates her victory in Taipei on January 15, 2016As new president Tsai Ing-wen pledges a stronger Taiwan that is proud of its identity, tensions with China are already simmering as Beijing watches and waits. Tsai ousted the ruling Kuomintang to take the presidency in a landslide Saturday as voters turned their backs on closer ties with China. Its disastrous defeat tapped into frustration and fear that the island’s sovereignty is being eroded by China after an eight-year rapprochement under outgoing President Ma Ying-jeou.

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