Did China's Threats Work?
Major strides by Taiwan's conservative New Party in the Dec. 2 legislative elections will likely bolster China's confidence in its "missile diplomacy." The Chinese had held military maneuvers near the island to discourage voters from supporting pro-independence candidates. The move seems to have paid off: The New Party, made up of Kuomintang (KMT) deserters angry over President Lee Teng-hui's flirting with independence, has surged from 7 to 21 seats.
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