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Taiwan's next premier thought to be China moderate

Pro-independence mayor has been touted as 2020 presidential candidate

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, center, and William Lai, left, are seen here in Taipei on April 15, 2015.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Tainan Mayor William Lai Ching-te today was appointed as Taiwan's next premier. Lin Chuan resigned from the position on Monday. 

President Tsai Ing-wen made the announcement during a morning press conference, attended by both Lai and Lin. 

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