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China must respect Taiwan's desire for distance

Tsai's reelection shows consensus in favor of democracy and autonomy

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen waves to supporters on Jan. 11 in Taipei. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

Taiwan's landslide reelection of President Tsai Ing-wen on Jan. 11 represents a choice by the people to distance the democratically governed island from Communist Party-controlled mainland China -- a decision that Beijing must accept.

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