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Taiwan elections

Tsai Ing-wen leads in early counts for Taiwan presidential election

Incumbent appears set for large victory over China-friendly rival

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen wait in line to vote at a polling station in New Taipei City on Saturday morning. (Photo by Akira Kodaka). 

TAIPEI -- Voting ended in Taiwan's presidential election on Saturday, in a poll that will determine relations with mainland China and the direction of the island's export-driven economy over the next four years.

President Tsai Ing-wen of the Beijing-skeptic Democratic Progressive Party led in early counts by the Central Election Commission and local media.

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