Taiwan Defies China, Elects Pro-Self-Governing President William Lai in Historic Election

And Biden, of course, on the wrong side of history. Again.

Taiwan’s Ruling Party Candidate Lai Wins Presidency in Setback for Beijing

No party has won a majority.

By Frank Fang, Epoch Times, January 13, 2024:

TAIPEI, Taiwan—The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has secured the presidency for another four years, a result that means Taiwan and the United States will likely continue to work closely as partners in the face of challenges from Beijing.

The DPP presidential candidate, current Taiwan Vice President Lai Ching-te, also known as William Lai, secured over 5.5 million votes, or about 40 percent of the ballot, defeating two other candidates. His victory means that his running mate, Hsiao Bi-khim, who stepped down as Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the United States in November, will be the new vice president.

Hou Yu-ih, the current New Taipei City mayor and the presidential candidate of the main opposition Kuomintang Party (KMT), finished second with about 4.6 million votes. In third place with about 3.6 million votes is Ko Wen-je, former Taipei mayor and the presidential candidate of the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), a relatively new party founded in 2019.
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In his victory speech, Mr. Lai said “Taiwan has achieved a victory for the community of democracies.”

“We are telling the international community that between democracy and authoritarianism we will stand on the side of democracy, the Republic of China, Taiwan will continue to walk side by side with democracies from around the world,” Mr. Lai said, referring to Taiwan’s official name.

“Through our actions, the Taiwanese people have successfully resisted efforts from external forces to influence this election,” he added, a veiled remark to China’s efforts to interfere in Taiwan’s elections. “We trust that only the people of Taiwan have the right to choose their own president.”

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