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Cross-strait ties set for period of uncertainty after Tsai Ing-wen's re-election

China unlikely to change hardline stance, while Tsai and her party have not offered a viable strategy


Cross-strait ties will remain chilly at best or even worsen as Beijing is unlikely to change its current hardline stance on Taiwan after the re-election of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, analysts said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to continue with his current policy and even tighten it, although the election results have proven it to be a failure, said Dr Yan Jiann-fa, vice-president of the non-profit organisation, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 12, 2020, with the headline 'Cross-strait ties set for period of uncertainty'. Subscribe