The Taiwanese people have spoken – electing on Saturday anti-China president Lai Ching-te.
China loomed large in the election. Beijing called it a choice between war and peace and warned voters against electing Lai, who has been serving a vice president.
Lai’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party came out on top with over 40% of the vote in a three-party competition. It’s the first time in Taiwanese history that the same party has won the presidency three times in a row.
Lai says his people have shown an “unwavering commitment” to democracy. But a Beijing spokesperson says they won’t accept the result and that China “will eventually and inevitably be reunified.”
AP reports that the Biden administration plans to send an unofficial delegation to Taiwan to meet with the new president soon.