Taiwanese reject separatist policies: China

Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang party gained ground in local elections over the weekend. It's a major blow for the DPP - Taiwan's pro-independence ruling party. Beijing blames the election results on President Tsai Ing-wen's 'separatist' stance.
Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Party supporters wave KMT flags at a campaign rally in Taipei, on Nov 18, 2018.
Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Party supporters wave KMT flags at a campaign rally in Taipei, on Nov 18, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

China has portrayed the drubbing suffered by Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party in Saturday's elections as a sign that the Taiwanese reject President Tsai Ing-wen's separatist policies.

But some experts said the results should not be seen as a shift in sentiment towards reunification with the mainland. Instead, they said, Taiwanese are moving away from voting along ideological lines and choosing candidates they feel can deliver on bread-and-butter issues.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2018, with the headline 'Taiwanese reject separatist policies: China'. Print Edition | Subscribe