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China elects voters after defeat by Taiwan's government party

TAIPEI (Reuters) – China on Sunday welcomed the Taiwan Independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) defeat at local elections saying that…

TAIPEI (Reuters) – China on Sunday welcomed the Taiwan Independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) defeat at local elections saying that people wanted peaceful relations with Beijing.

Supporters of Opposition Nationalist Kuomintang Party (KMT) Kaohsiung mayor candidate Han Kuo-yu celebrates after He won the local elections in Kaohsiung Taiwan on November 24, 201

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who faces re-election in a little more than a year, resigned on Saturday as president of the DPP, and is responsible for her massive defeat at Mayoral and the county election.

DPP has now been controlled by only six of Taiwan’s cities and counties, compared with at least 15 for the Chinese friendly match Kuomintang. Significantly, it lost one of its most detained forts, the southern city of Kaohsiung.

“The results (choices) reflected Taiwan’s public will, hoping to continue to share the benefits of peaceful development of the Taiwan Strait relations and their strong desire to hope for improving the island’s economy and human well-being,” said a statement from China’s policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office and carried by the state media.

Since Tsai took office in 2016, China has increased pressure on Taiwan, suspected Tsai wants formal independence, a red line for Beijing who regards Taiwan as its own. Tsai says she only wants status quo, but will defend Taiwan’s security.

Tensions over the Taiwan Strait have recently increased with China carrying out military exercises around the island and chasing away Taiwan’s decreasing number of diplomatic allies.

In the purchase of the election, Tsai and her government said that China was trying to float voters with “political bullying” and “false news”, allegations denied by Beijing.

DPP Secretary General Hung Yao-fu, asked Saturday whether the China factor had played a role in influencing the election, repeated that there had been a problem with “false news”.

“I think this time was a deep lesson when it comes to fake backups with a lot of people’s judgment or not to get clear information,” he told reporters.

“This is a global issue, not just Taiwan’s unique problem. In this problem and how to solve, I think our party will reflect and find a way to deal with it.”

Valdrama has not ceased, with Kuomintangs Mayor of Taiwan’s capital Taipei challenges his defeat.

Ting Shou-chung said on Sunday that he questioned the results, which gave a narrow victory to the existing mayor Ko Wen-je, an independent. The DPP candidate came a third.

Kuomintang once ruled China before flying to Taiwan in 1949 after losing China’s civil war to communists.

Valare was also asked to vote in a series of referendums, including whether the island should participate in the OS in 2020 in Tokyo as in place of “Chinese Taipei” – the name was agreed upon under a compromise signed in 1981.

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Not enough votes were made to make the results valid, and in any event, more people voted against a name change than for one.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, responding to the vote, said it showed “the interests of Taiwanese athletes at stake against the will of the people.” “The attempt for” Taiwan’s independence “is condemned to fail,” added.

A voice to compete under a banner in Taiwan would have skipped Beijing, which has never refrained from using force to get the island under control.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Jess Macy Yu; Further reporting by Yimou Lee and David Stanway in Shanghai; Editing Michael Perry

Our Standards: Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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