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Taiwan Elections Set Stage for Tense 2024 Presidential Race

  • Results could bolster DPP candidate who supported independence
  • KMT party chair favoring engagement with Beijing may get boost
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Polls Set Stage for Taiwan’s Presidential Race in 2024
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Taiwan is set for a more contentious presidential race focused on rising tensions with China, after low turnout in local elections handed China-skeptic President Tsai Ing-wen’s party historic losses.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party won just five of 21 city- and county-level races on Saturday, its worst showing since its founding in 1986. The opposition Kuomintang, which historically has an advantage in local elections, held onto 13 seats, gaining power in both the capital Taipei and export hub Taoyuan.