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Taiwan is growing impatient with its president

Approval rates are down, and Tsai's phone call to Trump adds a complicated twist

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a meeting with an overseas Chinese delegation in Taipai on Nov. 14.   © Kyodo

TAIPEI Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has been in office for just over half a year, but her honeymoon already looks to be over.

The island's first female leader came to power amid much hope and excitement, but her approval ratings have dropped due to a lack of progress in resolving key challenges, not the least of which is finding a new economic pillar to replace the troubled semiconductor industry.

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