September 27, Monday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Chines President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to the newly elected leader of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang. The party says Xi sent a letter to Eric Chu on Sunday using his title of general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. Chu was chosen in a vote on Saturday.
2.Germany’s Social Democratic Party has secured the largest share of the vote in the country’s tight parliamentary election. But the new leader to succeed Angela Merkel will be decided by a coalition of parties, which is likely to prove complicated.
3.The boyfriend of Japan’s Princess Mako is back in Japan for the first time in three years. The pair is expected to get married as early as next month. Komuro Kei didn’t speak to reporters at the airport near Tokyo. He will spend 14 days in coronavirus quarantine before his reunion with Princess Mako.