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President-elect Tsai Ing-wen pledged to overhaul Taiwan’s flagging economy and maintain peace with mainland China, even as she called on Communist Party leaders in Beijing to respect the island’s democracy and place in world affairs.
Tsai, 59, rode on a wave of discontent with the ruling Kuomintang to become Taiwan’s first female president on Saturday.
The result sends shockwaves across the Taiwan Strait, where Chinese President Xi Jinping watched Ma’s Kuomintang, a reliable advocate of stronger ties, replaced by a party that officially supports independence.
While Tsai promised she won’t "provoke" Taiwan’s former civil war foes, she didn’t endorse the so-called 1992 consensus that has underpinned KMT talks with the Communist Party.
Under it, both sides agree they belong to the same country, even if they disagree on what that means.