Unification a must for China, no matter which way Taiwan votes

Analysts say Beijing's hardline stance will remain if Tsai wins

Supporters of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party at a campaign rally on Wednesday. PHOTO: REUTERS
Supporters of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party at a campaign rally on Wednesday. PHOTO: REUTERS

China has been accused of trying to influence Taiwan's presidential election through a disinformation campaign but if President Tsai Ing-wen wins a second term, as expected, it would mean Beijing's purported attempts to sway voters would have failed miserably.

There is no doubt the Chinese leadership will be watching tomorrow's vote closely for an indication of how strong anti-Beijing sentiments, which have been building for months, run on the island.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2020, with the headline 'Unification a must for China, no matter which way Taiwan votes'. Subscribe