Taiwan Needs a Reboot

Taiwan's voters have sent a clear message to their leaders: They want a future that's not completely dependent on mainland China.

Bad advertising for reunification.

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Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's pro-China strategy took a harsh rap over the weekend. In island-wide local elections, young voters came out in force to reject Ma's efforts to develop closer ties with the mainland. His ruling Kuomintang, or KMT party lost nine of their 15 city mayor and county chief positions -- and Ma himself lost much of his mandate to promote cross-strait ties in his last two years in office.

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