What Happened: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen secured her party's nomination to run for a second four-year term, beating a former ally in a primary fight that risked splitting the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, the South China Morning Post reported June 13.
Why It Matters: Tsai prevailed over former Premier William Lai by more than 8 percentage points and now has a month to consolidate her party's support before the main opposition Kuomintang party selects its candidate in mid-July. Tsai is expected to ramp up pro-independence narratives against China to muster public support leading up to Taiwan's presidential election in January.
Background: Taiwanese voters will choose their next president amid a two-decade low in relations with China as the United States intensifies its support for Taiwan under Tsai's pro-independence government.
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