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Taiwan’s new president sworn in


President-elect Lai Ching-te (centre), Vice President Bi-khim Hsiau (left) and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu toast with invited guests before the inauguration ceremony in Taipei on Monday. Photo: Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 20.05.2024 03:29:32

Policy: The inauguration comes as China increases military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan, which it considers part of China.

As well as having a large and powerful neighbor who sees him as a separatist, Lai also has to deal with a divided National Assembly where the opposition is eager to challenge him.

For the past four years, Lai has been vice president under Tsai Ing-wen. He is considered relatively moderate and will continue Taiwan’s policy as democratic and in practice independent, at the same time as he strengthens the defense against China and is expected to strengthen ties with the United States.

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