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Taiwan votes in local elections among pressures from China

By Ralph Jennings | AP November 23 at 10:51 TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwanese began voting in the middle of the…

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwanese began voting in the middle of the local elections Saturday is seen as a referendum on President Tsai Ing-wens independence-led administration, including by increasing the pressure of the island’s powerful rival China.

The election following the Tsai district victory 2016 will determine the rapes of 22 mayors and county estate agents together with thousands of local officials.

Two years ago, the opposition nationalists, known as KMT, are hoping to regain territory from the government-democratic progressive party by emphasizing its professional image and a more courteous line against Beijing.

Since the election in 2016, Tsai has been in a good position in relations with China, retaining Taiwan’s facto-independent status as the vast majority of Taiwanese support while avoiding conversations from the more radical elements of her party to move to explain formal separation from May

China has accelerated the pressure on the island as it claims its own territory by poaching away its diplomatic partners, cutting off official contacts and staging threatening military exercises.

China denies Tsai for her refusal to support her position that the autonomous descent democracy is a part of the Chinese nation. But the nationalists only won six of the mayors and judges in the local rally 2014 as voters rejected their close ties with China. Tsai continued to beat the nationalist candidate to president.

“The mainland and Taiwan borders have been very profound for people over the last two years, and because relations are getting stuck as now, it’s really bad for the economic development of our country,” said Taipei voter Hung Wei-chi. Market Manager said he supported the Nationalist mayor’s candidate in his hometown of Taipei.

Key rings Saturday includes mayor offices in the capital Taipei and the southern port of Kaohsiung, long a DPP bracket.

Economic growth, employment and pension reforms are also important issues, but the major parties are likely to nominate the vote as a vote for or against central policy, including how to deal with China.

“Tsai Ing-wen government over the past two years has reached a breakthrough in retirement reforms, but in terms of employee rights and other issues, many people still believe that she has not done well enough so it will affect the middle of the election “said Lin Liang-chun, a minor party candidate to the Taipei City Council.

On a campaign rally Wednesday for her party of Taipei mayor candidate, Tsai accused China of” intervening “in the election.” That’s precisely because China finds Tsai Ing -We very firm that it must continue to intervene in Taiwan’s elections to get the Democratic Progressive Party to fail, “she said.

Taiwan officials have warned that Beijing is trying to swallow voters through the spread of online disinformation on the internet similar to how Russia was accused of to disturb US elections.

Chiang Kai-shek nationalists resumed his government in Taiwan in 1949 during the civil war m ed Mao Zedong Communists. They were ruled during the war of the late 1980s when the domestic Taiwanese people began to take political offices, mainly through the DPP.

Around 19 million Taiwanese are entitled to vote. The results are due at the end of Saturday.

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