Taiwan's referendum result: Danger ahead for KMT and new risks in cross-strait ties

The grand old party of Taiwan politics looks unable to arrest its tailspin, which means China will likely try less peaceful options to manage its relations with the island.

Kuomintang (KMT) supporters at a rally on the eve of Taiwan’s referendum in Taipei on Dec 17. All four referendum proposals by the Taiwanese opposition party were defeated. PHOTO: REUTERS
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The disastrous defeat of all four referendum proposals by Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT) this month was the latest in a long string of setbacks for the party, an outcome that has broader implications for the party's future and cross-strait ties.

First, an assessment of the scale of the defeat that has led to the KMT descending into a finger-pointing blame game, exposing the party's internal divisions like never before.

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