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Congratulations on LSE Alumna Dr Tsai Ing-wen as the President-elected of Republic of China/Taiwan

From Taiwan Research Programme Office
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
16 January 2016

Taiwan’s citizens elected Dr Tsai Ing-wen, an LSE-educated (PhD in Law, 1984) scholar, to the Presidency on 16 January 2016. LSE is proud of the outstanding achievement of its alumna. She is the first female political leader to achieve high office in the modern Chinese-speaking world, and she is the 37th LSE alumna/alumnus to serve as either the President or Prime Minister of a nation.

Professor Christopher Hughes (LSE International Relations) said: "It has been widely recognised that she is the first woman to secure this position and the first time a woman has achieved presidential status in the Chinese-speaking world. This reflects the accumulation of experience through an impressive career since she left LSE with a PhD in Law."

Dr Fang-long Shih (LSE Taiwan Research Programme) said: "This result demonstrates the success of Dr Ing-wen Tsai’s new strategy for overcoming divisions in Taiwan: consolidation and self-confidence. Her campaign managed to bring together a majority of voters (about 56% of votes cast) through a shared vision for Taiwan's future.

"Previously, there has been a tendency to define Taiwan solely in relation to the rise of China, whereas Dr Tsai's victory suggests a new self-confidence in Taiwan on its own terms: as geopolitically significant, as embodying a democratic project that reflects a diverse culture, and as characterized by world-class small and medium-sized enterprises and by thriving creative industries."

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