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    In stinging rebuke of Beijing, Taiwan re-elects Tsai Ing-wen in a landslide

    In stinging rebuke of Beijing, Taiwan re-elects Tsai Ing-wen in a landslide

    Taiwan’s voters delivered a stinging rebuke of China’s rising authoritarianism on Saturday by re-electing President Tsai Ing-wen, who vowed to preserve the island’s sovereignty in the face of Beijing’s intensifying efforts to bring it under its control.

    In what will be seen as a sharp rejection of Beijing's attempts to intimidate and maneuver Taiwan back into China’s orbit, voters overwhelmingly chose freedom and democracy with a massive turnout of over 14 million people, representing an 8% increase since 2016.

    “This election is about whether or not we choose freedom and democracy,” Tsai Ing-Wen said, delivering her victory speech in Taipei. “We must work to keep our country safe and defend our sovereignty.”

    As these results sink in to the media hivemind, ready yourself for endless conjecture about Tsai Ing-wen's “stunning surge” or “shocking turnaround” as pundits run for cover from election polling that was heavily inclined toward the China-backed candidate.

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