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  • Tsai Ing-wen will become the most powerful woman in the Chinese world on Friday,

  • when she is inaugurated as Taiwan's new president.

  • But her honeymoon will be short, as she faces three big challenges.

  • The Taiwanese economy is in recession, hit by the slowdown in China, its biggest export market.

  • Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party wants to boost growth by promoting investment and trade with other countries beyond China.

  • Her chances of success depend on challenge no.2.

  • Although Taiwan is a self-governing democracy, Beijing claims the island as one of its provinces.

  • China's leaders are deeply hostile to Tsai and her party because of their desire to push Taiwan toward independence.

  • Since Tsai's election victory in January, Beijing has already fired warning shots, curbing their number of tourists, and restarting a battle with Taipei for diplomatic allies.

  • Tsai must walk a tightrope between Beijing's suspicions and the hopes of her supporters,

  • they're proud of their separate Taiwanese heritage and upset with what they perceive as Beijing's bullying.

Tsai Ing-wen will become the most powerful woman in the Chinese world on Friday,

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    Kristi Yang posted on 2016/05/23
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