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First female president takes office in Taiwan

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 00:53

Taiwan's first female president, Tsai Ing-wen, is sworn into office, as a wary China watches over. Natasha Howitt reports.

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All eyes are on Taiwan as it swears in its first female president, Tsai Ing-wen. Since Tsai and her party, the DPP, won elections by a landslide in January, suspense has been building. Her win is widely seen as a backlash against the self-governed island's creeping dependence on China. The DPP has traditionally favoured independence, and a break away from the "One China" principle. But China views Taiwan as its own, and has not ruled out the use of force to bring it under its control. On the streets of Taipei, performers pay tribute to the DPP's rise. During her speech, Tsai says the island will play a responsible role in keeping peace with the mainland. Broadcast on national TV, she is carefully watched for any hint of anti-China sentiment. The country's trade-reliant economy is struggling, and China is its biggest trading partner.

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First female president takes office in Taiwan

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 00:53