Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)When Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female president, takes office Friday, she will have to balance two very different sets of expectations — from those who voted for her and a Chinese leadership that wants the island on a tight leash.
At home, Tsai will have to focus on how she will revive a moribund economy — a key concern of many of her supporters.
A challenge will be to maintain cordial relations with a vibrantand skepticalcivil society while implementing economic policies that will inevitably create losers in some segments of society.
Tsai and her premier, Lin Chuan,
have attracted criticism for forming an old, technocratic and male-dominated Cabinet, which has attracted heavy criticism from a society that expects change. Tsai has played it safetoo safe, many would argue.
With the strength of her mandate, Tsai could seize the opportunity to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex unions, a move that, though opposed by a very vocal, and primarily Christian, minority, should finally be attainable after years of stalled efforts.
For Mr Wu, a bicycle repairman in Taipei, relations with Beijing are barely worth a mention.
“She needs to fix our economy,” he insists. “It’s been bad.”
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