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President-elect Lai vows to defend Taiwan from China ‘intimidation’

Taiwan’s president-elect Lai Ching-te vowed Saturday to stand “on the side of democracy” and defend the self-ruled island from “intimidation” from China, which has branded him as a threat to peace in the flashpoint region. Lai delivered an unprecedented third consecutive term for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after a raucous campaign in which he pitched himself as the defender of Taiwan’s democratic way of life. Communist China claims democratic Taiwan, separated from the mainland by a 180-kilometer (110-mile) strait, as its own and says it will not rule out using force to bring about “unification,” even if conflict does not appear imminent. Beijing has in the past slammed Lai, the current vice president, as a dangerous “separatist” and on the eve of the vote, its defense ministry vowed to “crush” any move toward Taiwanese independence. Addressing supporters after his two opponents conceded defeat, Lai thanked the Taiwanese people for “writing a new chapter in our democracy.” “We are telling the international community that between democracy and authoritarianism, we will stand on the side of democracy,” he said, adding that he will also try to pursue exchanges with China. alarabiya

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.