Taiwan's China-sceptic ruling party to elect new head AFP, Taipei

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President Tsai called on the global community to support Taiwan in confronting Chinese threats.

His comments have come days after he reiterated that China still reserves the right to use the army's intervention in order to execute reunification with Taiwan and to prevent the island from gaining independence.

Mr Ing-wen told reporters in Taipei yesterday: "We hope that the global community takes it seriously and can voice support and help us". Samantha Vadas for TRT World explains that Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade Chinese province rather than a country, and has been using dollar diplomacy to enforce this notion within the global community through attractive aid packages and insistence that airlines change the way they present Taiwan on their websites.

After his win, Cho said the party would carry out the 2020 presidential nomination race in accordance with the DPP's mechanism, and all party members were equally eligible, the Liberty Times reported.

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One of those running for the chairmanship is You Ying-lung, a polling expert deeply critical of Tsai.

In 2016, Ms Tsai and the DPP secured a landslide election victory, sweeping away a government that had built much closer ties with China over the previous decade.

Tsai resigned the party chairmanship but stayed on as president. "[My] current mission is to defend the democracy of Taiwan".

Tensions between Taiwan and Beijing, which claims the self-governing island as part of Chinese territory, have emerged as one of the region's flash points. "Any major departure from long-standing policy under President Tsai could alarm worldwide partners and give Beijing ammunition to further crack down on Taiwan". Voting for a new chairman is expected to conclude on Sunday.

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Xi has been ramping up pressure on Tsai's administration over her refusal to accept the so-called 1992 consensus - a vague notion, accepted by Tsai's predecessor, that posits that Taiwan and China are part of the same country, with each side allowed its own interpretation of what that China is.

You's opponent is former Cabinet Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai, who is backed by leading DPP politicians.

A party schism in the run-up to 2020 could favour the Kuomintang, the pro-Beijing party that was turfed out two years ago.

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