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Any invasion would be ‘very costly’ for Beijing, Taiwan President warns China

China must rethink its hardline stance towards Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wensaid on Wednesday, as she warned the island was already independent and that any invasion would be “very costly” for Beijing.

Tsai won a second term over the weekend with a record 8.2 million votes, an outcome that was seen as a forceful rebuke of China’s ongoing campaign to isolate the self-ruled island.

China’s leadership had made no secret of its desire to see Tsai turfed out because she and her party refuse to acknowledge their view that the island is part of a “one China”.
Beijing regards Taiwan as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary — especially if it declares independence.

But in her first interview since Saturday’s re-election, Tsai told the BBC there was no need to formally announce independence because the island already runs itself.

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