June 19th, 2024

Lai Ching-te inaugurated as Taiwan’s president in a transition likely to bolster island’s US ties

By The Associated Press on May 19, 2024.

In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan's new President Lai Ching-te, also known as William Lai, center, new Vice President Bi-khim Hsiao, left, and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, right, make a toast during a welcome reception for delegations to the Inauguration ceremony for the new president and vice president, in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, May 19, 2024. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Taiwan has inaugurated Lai Ching-te as its a new president.

It took place in a ceremony Monday after he won an election earlier this year.

He is a relative moderate who will continue the self-governing island democracy’s policy of de facto independence while seeking to bolster its defenses against China.

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