Incumbent president heading into election with a substantial lead in polls after earlier trailing main rival Han Kuo-yu by 30 points. Illustration: SCMP

Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen poised to complete improbable political comeback

  • Incumbent president heading into election with a substantial lead in polls after earlier trailing main rival Han Kuo-yu by 30 points
  • In the third of a five-part series we look at the DPP’s candidate in a presidential race that is set to have a significant impact on Beijing’s relations with both Taipei and Washington
Topic |   Taiwan elections 2020

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Incumbent president heading into election with a substantial lead in polls after earlier trailing main rival Han Kuo-yu by 30 points. Illustration: SCMP
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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.