Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says she intends to run for a second term in 2020, as the self-ruled island comes under growing pressure from Beijing.
Tsai announced her plan to join the election race during an interview with CNN, saying she wanted to "complete" her vision for Taiwan and was "confident" she could win.
"It's natural that any sitting president wants to do more for the country and wants to finish things on his or her agenda," Tsai told CNN during an interview aired on Tuesday.
"This is something I have prepared for," Tsai said, speaking while aboard her presidential plane. "It's again another challenge. Being president, you're not short of challenges. At good times you have challenges of one sort, and in bad times you have challenges of another sort."
Tsai resigned as chairwoman of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party in November after a crushing defeat in the island's local elections by the opposition Kuomintang, which favours closer ties with Beijing.
But she told CNN that soured relations with Beijing were not the key factor behind her party's poll setback - rather, it was the tough reform agenda she has been pushing since she took office.