Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected as president of Taiwan in a landslide victory on Saturday. Photo: EPA-EFE

Tsai Ing-wen says Beijing must face reality that Taiwan is ‘an independent country already’

  • After election win, president says in interview that island is successful democracy with decent economy and deserves respect
  • She also warns against any military response, saying invading would be ‘very costly for China’
Topic |   Taiwan elections 2020

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Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected as president of Taiwan in a landslide victory on Saturday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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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.