Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says Xi Jinping left her with no choice but to defend the island’s sovereignty. Photo: Kyodo

How standing up to Xi Jinping could help Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen come back from the political dead

  • Tsai’s firm rebuff of call to start unification talks on ‘one country, two systems’ model helps revive her approval ratings
  • To win next year’s election she will not only have to fight off the opposition KMT but also internal party critics such as former premier William Lai
Topic |   Taiwan elections 2020

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says Xi Jinping left her with no choice but to defend the island’s sovereignty. Photo: Kyodo
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.