Cornell University
Law scholar nominated for Taiwan presidency, could be 1st woman to lead island

Could Taiwan have its first female president in 2016? Taiwan’s chief opposition party on Wednesday nominated Tsai Ing-wen, a 58-year-old law scholar, as its candidate for the January presidential election, and opinion polls show the Cornell University Law School graduate who has sketched out a moderate stance toward mainland China as an early favorite in the race.  Tsai advocates dialogue with Beijing, rather than pursuing formal independence for Taiwan as her Democratic Progressive Party did when it governed from 2000 to 2008. Still, if elected, she wants Beijing to treat the island of 23 million people as a separate entity, not part of China, when the two sides sit down...