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.
H/T: New York Times
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.
Tsai Ing-wen has won presidential election to secure democracy & freedom for Taiwan. After sweeping to victory, Taiwanese walked on the street, held up five fingers to represent Hong Kong movement's #FiveDemandsNotOneLess & chanted “Taiwan, keeping going! Hong Kong, keep going!” pic.twitter.com/mVcpX1GeaX— Eileen Chang 😷⛑🥽🌂🧤🇭🇰 (@Hongkon84458416) January 11, 2020
#Taiwan2020 elections were held as per the country's reputation as a beacon of freedom & democracy. Congratulations to @iingwen on reelection, & @hankuoyutw & James Soong for spirited campaigns. We're proud of the people & grateful for the support of #Taiwan's friends worldwide. pic.twitter.com/wUEtpBkkKy— 外交部 Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) 🇹🇼 (@MOFA_Taiwan) January 11, 2020
Taiwan reelected President Tsai Ing-wen by a landslide, sending a stern rebuke to China in an election dominated by anti-government protests in Hong Kong. Tsai won almost 8.2 million votes, more than any Taiwan president since its first election in 1996 https://t.co/QEMK6xzOMp pic.twitter.com/UO4TOMLgq8— Reuters (@Reuters) January 11, 2020
Final results show Tsai received 8.17 million votes, or 57 percent. Han received 5.52 million votes, or 39 percent.— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) January 11, 2020
Over 14 million people voted, representing a 74.1 percent turnout, which is around 8 percent higher than 2016, but lower than Taiwan's early democratic elections. pic.twitter.com/Nrxpyd39Tp
Xi Jinping’s goal of bringing Taiwan under his control just moved further out of his grasp https://t.co/7uEjXgcXS0— Bloomberg (@business) January 11, 2020