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Taiwan presidential frontrunner vows to seek peaceful China ties

Tsai Ing-wen (L), pictured on December 20, 2015, said that any such efforts to seek peaceful ties with mainland China will not come at the expense of democracyThe frontrunner for Taiwan’s 2016 presidential election, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, on Friday pledged that if elected she would seek peaceful ties with mainland China while maintaining democracy on the island. Tsai’s remarks come after Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou held a historic summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Singapore last month, but concerns remain in Taiwan over warming ties with Beijing. Taiwan and the mainland split in 1949 after a civil war, but relations have markedly improved since Ma’s 2008 election with his China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party having come to power on a platform of boosting trade and tourism with Beijing.

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