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Tsai Ing-wen has a knack for learning from failure

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has become more comfortable, and more confident, as a politician. (Photo by Akiyoshi Inoue)

TAIPEI Tsai Ing-wen had a slight expression of anger on her face when she spoke at a news conference on Aug. 20. "We will do what the previous governments were unable to do," the Taiwanese president said, three months after taking office.

Despite her determination, the new government has not had a smooth beginning. A person she tried to appoint as head of Taiwan's highest judicial body was criticized for suppressing dissent, and Tsai was obliged to withdraw her proposal. A fisherman was killed by a missile mistakenly fired by the navy. The government's approval rating fell as a result.

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