The Irish Times view on Taiwan’s new president: a difficult start amid tensions with China


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Taiwan President William Lai speaks to Air Force personnel during his visit to an air base in Haulien this week, shortly after China had concluded military exercises that encircled the island. ( Photo: Shutterstock) Taiwan’s new president William Lai has had a turbulent first week in office, facing a serious challenge to his authority from the domestic opposition and military intimidation from Beijing. The parliamentary standoff has seen tens of thousands of people take to the streets in support of the president but it has also highlighted the challenges he faces. Lai won last January’s presidential election with 40 per...