Taiwan's pro-independence president Tsai Ing-wen has been re-elected by a landslide margin. She earned strong support for her tough stance against China, which does not recognize Taiwanese independence and insists the island is still part of China.
Taiwan's liberal president, Tsai Ing-wen, has been re-elected, and the island has once again confirmed its democratic character and difference from mainland China. Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province.
Tsai Ing-wen has won with a 57% share of the vote and her main rival, the pro-China Han Kuo-yu, admitted defeat. In a thinly veiled criticism of Beijing she said: "I'm sure our friends in Hong Kong will be happy."
Incumbent candidate Faure Gnassingbé has won his fourth presidential term. Both the president and challenger Agbeyome Kodjo had previously declared victory.
The decisive victory of China-critical President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan's presidential elections is a loud slap in the face for Beijing. Nevertheless, nothing will change in Beijing's policy towards Taiwan.
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