In Taiwan, the DPP’s loss is China’s gain and a setback for the US

CNN News
Date: November 25, 2018
By Baohui Zhang

Hong Kong (CNN)The major defeat for Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Saturday’s local elections has profound consequences for regional stability and great power politics.

It makes victory by the Kuomintang (KMT), the former ruling party that preaches friendly relations with Beijing, highly likely in the 2020 presidential election.

This prospect will have major implications for both cross-strait and Sino-US relations.

Before Saturday’s election, the DPP controlled 13 out Taiwan’s 22 cities and counties. Now, it is left with only six. More importantly, the DPP lost in both Kaohsiung and Taichung, the second and third largest cities of Taiwan.

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