How China Might Score Points In The Elections Of ‘Renegade Province’ Taiwan

Date: Oct 12, 2015
By: Ralph Jennings ,

Support for Taiwan’s ruling Nationalist Party fell last year as the president

How China Might Score Points In The Elections Of 'Renegade Province' Taiwan

Eric Chu, the chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 4, 2015. Xi held talks with the visiting leader of Taiwan’s ruling party, state media reported, the first such meeting for seven years. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

got too close to China for comfort. China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, which has been self-ruled for decades and described as a renegade province. In July the same party nominated for the Jan. 16 presidential race a candidate who’s really into China. On Saturday they’re likely to replace that nominee, veteran legislator Hung Hsiu-chu, because she lags the main opposition party’s candidate by around 20 percentage points in opinion polls. The sudden rethink hardly helps the Nationalists look any better among voters who respect political camps who have it together.

The Nationalists still have a chance to win something in January, however, and here’s how.     [FULL  STORY]

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