Voting for the election of a new president is in progress in Taiwan.
The new President will determine and decide the criteria on the relationship with China.
Tsai Ing-wen does not want a close bond with Beijing. Tsai Ing-wen is running for the second term and favors the status quo.
However, Han Kuo-yu, her main opponent, intends to develop a good relationship with China.
Although Tsai Ing-wen did not succeed in the elections two years ago, she is now ahead in the polls.
Some observers relate the performance with her support for the Hong Kong protests.
Elections for Taiwan’s legislature are also being carried out and Ms. Tsai’s party is leading with the majority.
In Saturday’s election, over 19 million people will vote.
Results are predicted to begin appearing at the end of the day.
It should be remembered that Taiwan is an independent state and has its laws and constitution. The state has its army and elected government as well.
However, China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since after the Chinese civil war in 1949.
China demands that the state must be reunited with China.
China does not create diplomatic relations with any country that declares Taiwan as an independent state.
A few of the countries, including the US, maintain relations with Taiwan for trade. \
Note that Taiwan’s chief of the general staff had died on 2nd January.