China accuses Taiwan’s new president of stirring up tension


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Mr Lai won January’s election to succeed Tsai Ing-wen, who served two terms as president and is also a member of the Democratic Progressive Party. Photograph: Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images Taiwan’s incoming president Lai Ching-te is expected to promise to maintain the status quo with mainland China when he is inaugurated in Taipei on Monday. But he is also expected to criticise Beijing’s military and diplomatic pressure on the self-governing island, including naval and air force activity close to its shores. “Tomorrow’s peaceful transfer of power is a milestone for Taiwan’s democracy”, Mr Lai told a pre-inauguration reception in...