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    The independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party enjoyed a landslide victory during Taiwan’s presidential elections this weekend and now an official is on his way to the US. The party’s victory could mean a whole new chapter in tensions with mainland China.

    Joseph Wu, the DPP’s leading national security official, will deliver a speech at a Washington D.C.-based think tank on Tuesday, according to China-watcher site China Cheat Sheets.

    Beijing still views Taiwan as a breakaway province and has not ruled out force as a means to bring Taipei back under its control. 

    China repeatedly has warned Taiwan to tred lightly when it comes to the issue of independence, especially during the presidential race when it became clear the DPP was trailing ahead of the former ruling party, which committed more to the status-Quo toward Beijing.

    An influential state-run tabloid called The Global Times on Monday published a critical editorial of Taiwan. It urged Taiwan to “consider the opinions of China's 1.3 billion people as well as Taiwan's own people when it came to relations across the Taiwan Strait.”

    "Trying to use chips like 'Taiwan public opinion' to guide cross-Strait relations is not only unrealistic, it is also dangerous. Tsai Ing-wen should not instill this illusion into Taiwan society."

    ​"The mainland has patience when it comes to the Taiwan issue, but it also has principles and a bottom line.”

    ​​On Monday, DPP officials met with former US Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Ray Burghardt, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan. The AIT is the de-facto US embassy in Taipei.

    Both expressed US support for continued “prosperity and growth” in Taiwan.

    President Tsai Ing-wen said a supervisory bill on cross-Strait exchanges would be a legislative priority when the new parliamentary session begins in February.

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    US-China relations, cross-strait relations, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Tsai Ing-wen, Ray Burghardt, Bill Burns, Joseph Wu, United States, Taiwan, China
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