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Taiwan's presidential election grabs headlines in Shanghai

Taiwan's presidential election grabs headlines in Shanghai

Shanghai, Jan. 15 (CNA) Taiwan's incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou's Saturday win of another four years as head of state occupied front page news in Sunday's edition of the Shanghai Morning Post. The paper described Ma's win as an "election of leaders in the Taiwan area" in reporting the nation's Jan. 14 presidential election result. It cited an editorial by the Communist Party of China's Xinhua News Agency that said the election results bring new opportunities for continuous peaceful development across the Taiwan Strait. The newspaper also said, however, that "Taiwan's internal situation is still complicated. The forces of Taiwan independence will deter further development across the Taiwan Strait. More time is needed to solve long-term contradictions and differences between the two sides." Meanwhile, many Chinese media's microblogs posted the defeat speech of Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after she conceded defeat. Tsai, chairwoman of the DPP who announced her resignation from the party's chairmanship following her defeat, was a hot topic among Chinese netizens. Tsai's speech, in which she said that "Taiwan cannot live without an opposition voice. Taiwan cannot go on without a balancing power," was posted on popular business magazine Caijing's official Weibo account, a popular Chinese Twitter equivalent. A Chinese netizen commented on the message, saying that Tsai's speech "is the feeling of democracy." Another anonymous Chinese Internet user using the username "Hopecho" posted that "China's opposition voice is silenced." Still another wrote that "I wish China has an old Tsai or a Hilary Clinton." "I do not wish Taiwan to go on an independence path because I do not want Taiwan to be destroyed. I also do not want Taiwan to be unified by China because I am afraid Taiwan will become just like China," one poster said. (By Rita Cheng and Ann Chen)


Updated : 2021-10-21 06:15 GMT+08:00