TAIPEI, Taiwan  | President Tsai says Taiwanese want to maintain self-rule

TAIPEI, Taiwan  | President Tsai says Taiwanese want to maintain self-rule

TAIPEI, Taiwan  — Taiwan’s leader said Tuesday the people of the island want to maintain self-rule despite recent electoral gains by the Beijing-friendly opposition party.

Taiwanese officials should not enter into any secret dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen warned in a New Year’s speech.

The opposition Nationalist Party won 15 of 22 major seats in local elections last month, reversing the advantage held by Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party. She has resigned as party head.

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