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How Taiwan's Election Defeats for Ruling KMT Affect Prospects for Closer Ties With China

Taiwan's pro-independence opposition Democratic Progressive Party, or DPP, had its best-ever results in November's local elections, winning 13 out of 22 races for city and county heads, compared to just six for the ruling KMT, which favors closer ties with Beijing. Alan Romberg is a director of the East Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington. VOA's Michael Lipin started by asking Romberg how the DPP has been responding to its success in the local votes.