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China threats, popular hopes pile pressure on Taiwan's Tsai

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Ms Tsai has pledged to diversify economic partnerships and seek a higher profile for Taiwan internationally, where it is sidelined from major organisations due to Chinese objections.

Taipei

WHEN Tsai Ing-wen takes office as Taiwan's president on Friday, she steps onto a tightrope between voter dreams of national pride and a Beijing that wants the island on a short leash.

Ms Tsai's election victory reflected public desire for a president who would put self-