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Taiwanese president reportedly wins ruling party's nomination for 2020 election

Key Points
  • Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen beat William Lai in the Democratic Progressive Party's primary race, several television broadcasters and newspapers said.
  • Taiwan is set to hold its presidential election in January.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen waves to the crowd on May 20, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday won the ruling party's hotly contested nomination for the 2020 presidential election, domestic media said, in a boost to her administration.

Tsai beat her former premier, William Lai, in a national tally for the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party's primary race, several television broadcasters and newspapers said.

The self-ruled island is set to hold its presidential election in January, amid heightened tension with China, which considers it a wayward province and has never ruled out the use of force to return it to the fold, if necessary.

The election made front-page headlines in April after Foxconn chairman Terry Gou joined the primary for the China-friendly opposition party in Taiwan.