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Taiwan's Tsai faces fierce China isolation campaign in new term

Pompeo says US support for self-governed island is 'unanimous'

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has been praised domestically and internationally for her government's adroit response to the coronavirus outbreak.    © AFP/Jiji

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will start her second and final term on Wednesday in a very different world to when she first came to power four years ago.

The economic challenges are huge, as the export-oriented economy has to contend with a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic. She is also facing an ever more belligerent China, which is looking to further squeeze Taiwan's international presence.

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