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TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen won a second term in a landslide victory Saturday, defeating challenger Han Kuo-yu in an election that was widely viewed as a referendum on Taiwan's sovereignty and its relationship with an increasingly assertive China. Tsai won 57.1 percent of the votes to Han's 38.6 percent, according to a final count by Taiwan's Central Election Commission. She received more than 8 million votes, the highest amount since direct presidential elections first began in 1996, a mandate that she seized upon as a message of defiance to China's stated goals of unifying with Taiwan. "The results of this election carry an added significance because they have shown that when our sovereignty and democracy are threatened, the Taiwanese people will shout our determination even more loudly back," the 63-year-old Tsai said at a news conference Saturday evening. "I hope the results of today's election clearly delivers the right signal to China," she said. "We hope that they the understand the expectations of the Taiwanese people and our perseverance. ... I want the Beijing authorities to know that democratic Taiwan and our democratically elected government will never concede to threats."
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