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The Good News from Taiwan

Exuberant scenes: Lai Ching-te, the Democratic Progressive Party's presidential candidate, and his running mate Hsiao Bi-khim cheer during their victory rally on 13 January. Image: Jameson Wu / Alamy

Given the island’s role in the US–China rivalry – which can be understood as a contest between democracy and autocracy – the recent presidential and legislative elections may turn out to be a kind of bellwether. In any case, believers in democratic principles worldwide have reason to celebrate.

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