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Taiwan ruling party’s Lai Ching-te, who rejects China’s territorial claims, wins presidential election: news agency Reuters

Lai's Democratic Progressive Party defends Taiwan's independent identity (File)

Taipei, Taiwan:

Voters in Taiwan on Saturday gave a landslide victory to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's presidential candidate Lai Ching-toku, clearly rejecting warnings from China not to vote for him in an election that Beijing has framed as a choice between war and peace. and brought him into power.

The Democratic Progressive Party, led by current Vice President Lai, defended Taiwan's independent identity, rejected Chinese territorial claims, and sought a third term in office, an unprecedented move under Taiwan's current electoral system.

Lai faces two rival candidates for the presidential position: Hou Yu-hui of Taiwan's largest opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), and former Taipei mayor Ko Wen-ji of the small Taiwan People's Party, which was formed in 2019. I was playing against. Both men admitted defeat.

Mr. Lai was scheduled to speak to reporters in Taipei at 8:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. Japan time).

In the run-up to the election, China said any move toward Taiwan's formal independence would mean war, denounced Lai as a dangerous separatist and rejected his calls for dialogue.

Lai said he is committed to maintaining peace and the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and strengthening the island's defense.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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