Taiwan’s presidential frontrunner picks US envoy as running mate


Hsiao Bi-khim (R), former Taiwan Representative to the United States, delivers a speech at a news conference where she was introduced as the 2024 election running mate of Lai Ching-te (L), Taiwanese presidential candidate from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).//AFP

Taipei, Taiwan – Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s former envoy to the United States and self-described “cat warrior”, was named Monday as the running mate to presidential frontrunner Lai Ching-te for the island’s January elections.

The January 13 vote comes at a time when Beijing has intensified military and diplomatic pressure on the administration of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and China has blasted the pairing of Vice President Lai and Hsiao as an “independence duo”.

Hsiao, 52, has been Taipei’s de facto ambassador to the United States since 2020, and is widely regarded in Washington as a…

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