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Post time 2018-11-25 10:22:28 |Display all floors
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Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen announced her resignation as the chair of the Democratic Progressive Party late on Saturday, to take responsibility for the party's defeat in Taiwan's local elections.

In the elections of governors and major civil servants for 22 cities and counties of the island — which is widely deemed as a mid-term examination of the Tsai administration since it took power in 2016, as well as a barometer of the island's election in 2020 — the DPP won the governor's seats in six cities and counties, while the Nationalist Party, the largest opposition party, secured the rest.

Both of Tsai's two predecessors, DPP's Chen Shuibian and the Nationalist Party's Ma Ying-jeou, lost the local elections in their second term as the island's leader.

The question is how the Tsai administration lost the people's support so fast that it had for almost six years. The people are disappointed, as the administration has not demonstrated its due ability to pull Taiwan's economy out of a state of quasi-stagnation. The island's economic growth has been hovering around 1 to 2 percent in the past two years, markedly lower than the world average of 3.7 percent.

Instead, some of its abortive reforms of public policies have ignored the interests of many groups, who were reluctant to vote for the DPP's candidates in the local elections this time. Moreover, despite Beijing's cooperative stance, Tsai's wheeler-dealer denial of the 1992 Consensus has forced the cross-Straits ties into a deadlock. The Tsai administration's pro-independence secessionism has not only soured its crucial relations with the Chinese mainland, but also made it unpopular on either side.

The administration bagger-thy-neighbor practices have only stewed Taiwan in its own juice. In the past two years, the number of tourists from the Chinese mainland, the largest source of tourism revenue for Taiwan, has slumped by 40 percent.

That said, a stalemate tie means the dividends that Taiwan can secure from across the Straits are quite limited. Taiwan's economy accounted for 40 percent of the mainland 20 years ago, and it is about only 4 percent now.

Taiwan economy's reliance on the mainland, as a market, an industrial partner, an investment destination and a source of tourism revenue has become greater than before. That is a reality that no matter who leads the island cannot afford to ignore.

Taking the initiative to quit her job as chair of the DPP, Tsai, who had exhausted her means to beg for United States' protection and endorsement, must have also realized it is not only her economic policies, but also her separatism that has lost the Taiwan people's hearts, and the US' agenda-setting ability on the island's politics has markedly degraded.

Either the Taiwan people or the White House thinks more of their own respective interests, which in the first place hinges on peaceful and stable cross-Straits relations. But the Tsai administration, which has gone in the opposite direction, turning itself to be a betrayal of Taiwan's interests and a troublemaker to its allegedly most important ally, has drifted farther away from the practical needs of the Taiwan people, and the historical trends of recognizing the "one China" consensus.

If the results of the local elections still cannot awaken the Tsai administration from its dream, it will be a matter of time for the DPP to lose its power.

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Post time 2018-11-25 11:19:28 |Display all floors
Time for her to go!  In fact it is long overdue!  She has done enough damage to the Taiwan Province!  The voters have sent her a clear message that her policies don't work, and have in fact brought hardships to them!   She sneaked into office with a lot of promises and anti-China rhetorics, and that have proven wrong!  

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Post time 2018-11-25 12:28:48 |Display all floors
Taiwan has wasted all its limited precious resources in creating DEMOCRACY! Had it channeled all those resources into establishing a strong and well maintained link to help develop a better tomorrow for Taiwan people, then things would not be in this dire stage!

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Post time 2018-11-25 12:35:21 |Display all floors
It is an excellent period for Taiwan people to realise that from very moment when Guomindang landed on their soil, time started ticking for their reunification with mainland China.
Only hard headed idiots who professed US democracy proclaim that it is IMPOSSIBLE!
With poor economic development and employment rate sliding downhill, time for them to know!

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Post time 2018-11-25 12:37:13 |Display all floors
GhostBuster Post time: 2018-11-25 12:28
Taiwan has wasted all its limited precious resources in creating DEMOCRACY! Had it channeled all tho ...

That has always been the case with leaders who whipped up mass hysteria against a bogeyman, in this case, China, got into office, then fell flat, and got voted out!

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Post time 2018-11-25 15:04:23 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2018-11-25 12:37
That has always been the case with leaders who whipped up mass hysteria against a bogeyman, in thi ...

The June 2010 dismissal of Kevin Rudd as Australian prime minister by his own Labor Party colleagues should be a lesson to Taiwan...

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