Taiwanese elections are a wake up call for China

As long as Beijing remains authoritarian, it is hard to see how it can reconcile itself with voters from democratic Taiwan.

Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party (KMT) just got comprehensively trounced in local elections over the weekend, losing many key municipal and local council seats to the opposition party as well as independents. It is one of the worst defeats for the ruling party since it fled from mainland China to form an exile government in Taiwan. The KMT won only six out of 22 seats for city and local governments, far fewer than the 15 it won in the last election four years ago.

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