The first woman President of Taiwan Tsai ing-Wen was sworn in on Friday. People's opinions were divided, there are those who voted for it and those who are in solidarity with the Chinese leadership, which wants to keep the island on a short leash.
Despite the fact that she got a clear mandate in the elections in January, the Democratic progressive party (DPP), gaining control of the Executive and legislative branches of government, irritating relations with Beijing could undermine its ability to do what she's doing.
In April, Taiwan has accused China of carrying out "gross violations of basic human rights," after a 45 Taiwanese were deported from Kenya to the mainland.
China and Taiwan - officially the people's Republic of China and Republic of China have been governed separately since 1949, after the Communist victory in the civil war in China, forcing the nationalists to flee to Taiwan.
Taiwan shunt democracy differs sharply against the one-party state of China. However, a common cultural and linguistic heritage remained the same and Chinese is the official language in both places.
The new leader of Taiwan has traditionally been in favor of the independence of the island. This can cause anger Beijing, which considers Taiwan as an integral part of its territory, which must be taken by force if necessary.
Tsai will have to revive the moribund economy of Taiwan is a key problem for many of its supporters.
In his inaugural speech, she outlined a policy that would focus on trade with South and Southeast Asia, gradually destroying the dependence of Taiwan from China's economy.
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