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A concerted campaign by China’s ruling Communist Party to interfere in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections has failed -- and perhaps even backfired -- after President Tsai Ing-wen was overwhelmingly reelected at the weekend.

She captured a record 8 million votes and a majority of 57.1% in an election that had been increasingly seen as a referendum on ties with mainland China.

Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) also increased its majority in the country’s parliament. It has an outright majority of 61 seats versus the opposition Kuomintang’s (KMT) 38 and will no longer need smaller parties and independents to pass laws.