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Taiwan's new president has a clear message as he continues difficult balancing act with China

Sky News Monday, 20 May 2024
The inauguration of Taiwan's new president, Lai Ching-te, is more about handing over the baton than any dramatic change in policy for the island which is overshadowed by its large and powerful neighbour, China.
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Taiwan's new President Lai Ching-te in his inauguration speech calls on China to "cease political and military intimidation" of the self-ruled island, which Beijing sees as part of its territory.

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