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Rob Sands, Des Moines, Beijing discussed on Weekend Edition Sunday

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4 months ago
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Weight to be then Kevin Costner coming up for the I mean this is where I live this way I'm from using people they represent and if they say they represent her that means something back in rob sands deer stand the sun is going down and its prime time for dear to appear he leans over to me Hey Chris this location frontier is it within the next forty minutes but no dear ever show up and stand points out it's proof his endorsement doesn't really matter for NPR news I'm clay masters in des Moines in Taiwan president sightseeing wind has won reelection with a record number of votes it was one of the islands most intensely contested elections ever and it's a stunning comeback as Beijing's efforts to control Taiwan back fire here's NPR's Emily Fang from the streets of Taipei where voters made their choice loud and clear the thousands gathered outside ties campaign headquarters roared as vote tallies for her reach me the eight point two million votes the highest number ever received by timings press one selection this weekend was a watershed moment a referendum between two choices represented by two very different presidential candidates on one side hi promising to protect Taiwan's freedoms from an authoritarian China please see once again thank you Katie I hope that Beijing can understand that a democratic Taiwan and our democratically elected governments will not concede to threats and intimidation that the results that the selection gave made that answer crystal clear on the other side the calming down parties hung well you haven't had a very different message at his rally this week emphasizing economic development and financial security I seeking closer ties with China engine down to the cook on delta the DPP have been cutting away at Chinese culture severing the connection commonalities between our Confucian society is leaving Taiwan smaller and lonelier than ever in the world on election day I'm characteristic lines formed as a voting stations even us disinformation encourage voters to stay home over fears of a pneumonia like virus currently active in China nearly seventy five percent of registered voters turned out anyways higher than the last election scandal was also swirling days earlier a politician from the opposition Kuomintang party allegedly tried to pay off the supposed former Chinese spite to smear tie and her party out some these fears of sabotage from Beijing meantime one takes he was taking measures to ensure accurate election results yeah the station right now to prevent tampering and fraud every paper ballots physically counts in the station where it was cast that countries are little holding up.