As a British-educated admirer of Margaret Thatcher, Tsai Ing-wen, who
studied in London, is the woman set to become leader of China’s fierce
rival Taiwan was always likely to be regarded with suspicion by
Beijing’s Communist Party apparatus.
independence from the Chinese mainland only makes matters worse.
the bows of Tsai Ing-wen, favourite to become first woman leader of
Taiwan – the first woman leader, in fact, in the modern Chinese world.
would be “unswerving and firm as a rock” in the face of threats to its
sovereignty over the island.
conservative and male-dominated world of Far East Asian politics. But
polls put her Democratic Progressive Party well in the lead for the
presidential election due to take place in two weeks’ time.
Her sex may not officially be as important to Beijing as her politics –
the DPP, unlike the ruling Kuomintang, believes Taiwan would be better
off declaring the island to be an independent country rather than
maintaining the international community’s polite fiction that it is an
integral part of China.
But the fact that Taiwan will become the second of China’s close and
democratic neighbours to be ruled by a woman – the other being President
Park Geun-Hye of South Korea – will be a constant reminder of the
political revolutions China prefers to resist. China’s ruling inner
circle – the Politburo Standing Committee – has never had a woman
Source: The Telegraph
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