All sorts of different countries hold elections, even ones that our government pretends don't really exist. Hence Saturday's presidential election in Taiwan, claimed by China as a renegade province but in reality an independent nation with a population roughly the size of Australia's.

Incumbent Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang (KMT) or Chinese Nationalist Party, in power since 2008, was re-elected fairly comfortably with 51.6% of the vote, against 45.6% for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party's Tsai Ing-wen. An independent, James Soong, who it had been feared would take votes from the KMT, managed only 2.8%.