19 January 2016, The Tablet

Caught in the middle: Taiwan election results puts Catholic church in spotlight on China

Taiwanese voters have overwhelmingly chosen Tsai Ing-Wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, or DPP as their next president. When she takes office in May, Ms Tsai will become the first elected female ethnic Chinese head of state. But of greater significance will be the Chinese reaction to her - and her party’s - likely victory. China claims Taiwan as an integral part of its territory and reacts fiercely to any suggestions otherwise, even though the People’s Republic of China, or PRC, has never ruled it.  This time, not only did the DPP win the presidency, it also won the parallel legislative elections. This was a humiliation for the ruling Kuomintang or KMT (Chinese Nationalist Party) which has never previously failed to control the national assembly. While
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