China Heads for a Showdown with Taiwan

  • Island's incoming president refuses to toe Beijing's line
  • Communist Party ratchets up pressure before May 20 swearing-in

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - JANUARY 14: Honor guards prepare to raise the Taiwan flag in the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall square, ahead of the Taiwanese presidential election on January 14, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Voters in Taiwan are set to elect Tsai Ing-wen, the chairwoman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, to become the island's first female leader.

Photographer: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

China and Taiwan are facing a confrontation not seen in years as the island’s incoming president refuses to accept Beijing’s bottom line for maintaining stable ties between the one-time civil war foes.

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