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Taiwan gets ready to swear in new president

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>> A portrait of Taiwan's incoming president etched on a grain of rice. And like this work of art, the real life Tsai Ing-wen will be squarely under the microscope from the moment she's sworn in on Friday. Tsai is the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, a pro-independence group loathed by China, which claims Taiwan as part of its own turf.
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Beijing is already piling on the pressure, saying Tsai's government will to blame for any diplomatic fallout between the two sides. I'm Reuter's outside the presidential office in Taipei. The mood here as preparations get underway is one of excitement and a bit of anticipation. Every single word that Tsai Ing-wen utters about China will be closely scrutinized and listened to for a sense of how she plans to take diplomatic relations going forward.
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Tsai swept to a landslide victory thanks in part to rising anti China sentiment, many people frustrated that the outgoing government's warming ties with the mainland did little to improve daily life or the economy. Tsai has pledge not to rock the vote with China. But that's not enough for Beijing, it wants her to come out and say there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it.
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Analysts say tensions between the two sides pose, an even greater security threat to the region than the fierce territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Taiwan believes China's got hundreds of missiles pointing its way. And it's arming itself against what it calls persistent military threats. The island state may be about to usher in its first ever female leader.
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For right now, that's far from the main talking point of Tsai's presidency. On both sides of the divide, relations with Beijing are front and center as political power changes hands.