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China Ties on Hold as New President Takes Office in Taiwan

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, backed by a historically anti-China party, has taken office with pledges to seek peace with Beijing, but snubbed its demand for dialogue, setting the stage for at least a short-term pullback in relations after eight upbeat years. The new president, also Taiwan’s first female leader, said in her inauguration speech Friday that she would seek peace. She advocates neither declaring Taiwan’s formal independence from China – a red line for Beijing – nor unifying...

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