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China factor favours Tsai and the DPP

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While the cross-strait relationship has always loomed large in Taiwan's elections, particularly its presidential polls, it is now affecting the fortunes of the two major parties in different ways than in the past.

The China factor had been the Achilles heel of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) because voting for its candidates was seen as voting for less stability in the Taiwan Strait.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2020, with the headline 'China factor favours Tsai and the DPP'. Subscribe