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Taiwanese president calls for safeguarding of democracy

Taiwanese president calls for safeguarding of democracy

Mr Cho's term will run until May 19 next year.

He also said Beijing was willing to talk to political parties and groups in Taiwan that recognized their "one China" principle - a reference to the main opposition parties.

Tsai resigned as leader of the DPP immediately after her party suffered a disastrous defeat in the island-wide local elections on November 24 previous year.

He also reiterated China's willingness to use force if necessary, especially if Taiwan ever declares full independence.

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A total of 34,230 votes were cast, representing a turnout of 16.9 percent, the party said.

Cho's victory saw off a challenge from You Ying-lung, a polling expert deeply critical of Tsai.

Taiwan stands the most sensitive issue for China and Beijing claimed it as its sacred territory.

Newly elected chairman of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Cho Jung-tai (卓榮泰) said Monday he plans to establish a party-government platform made up of the president, premier, DPP legislative caucus whip and party chairperson, to undertake policy brainstorming and reviews after taking office Wednesday.

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Xi has been ramping up pressure on Tsai's administration over her refusal to accept the so-called 1992 consensus - a vague notion, accepted by Tsai's predecessor, that posits that Taiwan and China are part of the same country, with each side allowed its own interpretation of what that China is. President Xi said in a speech on January 2 that Taiwan is and will continue to be a part of the People's Republic of China (PRC), despite Taiwanese insistence that it will not unite under the communist PRC government. "Any major departure from long-standing policy under President Tsai could alarm global partners and give Beijing ammunition to further crack down on Taiwan".

Yen Chien-Fa, a political analyst at Chien Hsin University, said that whoever came out on top would have significant influence in the 2020 campaign and whether Tsai was the candidate.

Huang added that the low turnout reflected a lack of interest among DPP members after last year's election defeat.

A DPP swing towards its more radical wing might also worry Washington, reported AFP. The US remains Taiwan's most powerful military ally but maintains the stance that Taipei must not move close to a formal declaration of independence for fear of stoking a Chinese invasion.

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