Votes are in for a landmark election that's expected to result in the island's first female president and could unsettle relations with giant neighbor China. Voters lined up Saturday at polling stations, and when they closed, surveys suggested that Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), would win the presidential vote by a significant margin after eight years under the government of the pro-China Kuomintang or Nationalist party. The ruling party is also in danger of losing control of the legislature for the first time in parliamentary elections, with a record 556 candidates in the race for 113 seats. The DPP has traditionally leaned in favor of independence for the island from mainland China, which could anger Beijing, which which views Taiwan as an integral part of its territory that is to be taken by force if necessary. Beijing has missiles pointed at the island. "I voted for DPP, because it's very critical time for the Taiwan people. We have our own democracy systems, we will not be influenced by China," said Tsai Cheng-an, a 55-year-old Taipei professor.
Taiwan votes for new president: China’s regime expected to end