Will Taiwan be the first domino to fall to China?

Democratic countries that worry about the Chinese government's attempts to influence their politics should study its success in last weekend's elections in Taiwan.

The many races - for some 11,000 positions in villages, towns and counties across the island - were something like the midterms in the US and widely seen as a prelude to the next presidential election, scheduled for early 2020. By my count, candidates friendly to Beijing will now occupy 16 of the 24 top posts that were contested, up from the current six.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2018, with the headline 'Will Taiwan be the first domino to fall to China?'. Print Edition | Subscribe