In Taiwan, China Fights the Rising Tide of Resistance
Jan 9, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
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- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's expected electoral victory on Jan. 11 means tensions between Beijing and Taipei will likely intensify, strengthening U.S. options to counter China's regional influence.
- Should the ruling Democratic Progressive Party secure a landslide victory, China may consider moderating its pressure campaign against Taiwan to insulate the party's more radical, pro-independence factions.
- In the long term, however, Beijing will face rising resistance against its unification push, as Taiwan's younger generations gain a greater political voice while the United States works to bolster the island's defense against China.