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Having Won The Election, Taiwan Faces Challenges Ahead
Taiwan’s presidential election victor Tsai Ying-wen enjoys the distinction of being the nation’s first female leader and will come into office with a broad mandate from her independence-leaning party’s new legislative majority, but there are numerous challenges looming ahead — including a rocky relationship with an ever-increasingly aggressive China.
“[Tsai] is going to deal with a very tough-minded leader in Beijing,” Chu Yun-han, a professor at the National Taiwan University, tells the Global Post. Chu notes that on the flip side, Tsai faces pressures from her own party to listen to their desire for greater independence. Inevitably, she will find herself trying to govern with little room to maneuver, Chu adds.

In fact, it did not take long for Beijing to assert itself by warning Taiwan against making any moves toward independence.

The official Xinhua news agency warned that any attempt to break from China would cause Taiwan to perish.

“If there is no peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s new authority will find the sufferings of the people it wishes to resolve on the economy, livelihood and its youth will be as useless as looking for fish in a tree,” it said.

ISIS Continues Killing In Syria As It Branches Out In Indonesia Islamic State militants kidnapped at least 400 civilians and killed 135 when they attacked government-held areas in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, according to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The attack comes days after ISIS launched a bold suicide attack in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, an assault that appears to have been less random and more in response to actions taken by the Indonesian government.
“Despite the ISIS connection, the Jakarta assault showed evidence of motivations and patterns particular to Indonesia, was likely carried out in response to specific conditions in Indonesia,” says Benjamin Soloway of Foreign Policy.
His view is shared by other experts, such as Judith Jacob, a terrorism and security analyst. She told FP that the attack was different because it “didn’t have the same level of indiscriminate of firing that we saw in Istanbul or Paris.”
Cubans, Latin Americans Face Different Roads Into US
The first of 8,000 Cuban migrants who were stranded in Central America have crossed the Mexican border and made their way to Laredo, Texas on Saturday. Approximately 180 migrants were flown from Costa Rica to El Salvador, and then onto the United States.
Unlike those migrants from other Latin American nations seeking asylum, Cubans are able to pass across the border with relative ease, an issue which has created great resentment between the two populations. The preferential treatment of Cubans also has created two distinct problems for the Obama administration.
 “The Obama Administration has two problems. One is the striking contrast between the treatment of Cubans looking for economic opportunity and Central American families fleeing gang violence. The second problem is that the open door for Cubans on the Texas border, combined with the greater freedom to travel the Cuban government has given its people since 2013, means the flow of Cubans through Mexico is not going to diminish anytime soon,” William LeoGrande, a regional expert and co-author of the book “Backchannel to Cuba,” wrote in an e-mail to The New Yorker.
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