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Taiwan elections will be major test for ruling party, China ties
Taiwan elections will be major test for ruling party, China ties

Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party will test its popularity in midterm elections Saturday after six years of leading the island to landmark deals with longtime adversary China. Losses for the Nationalists, or Kuomintang, would indicate dwindling support for the central government led by President Ma Ying-jeou and weaken the party's 2016 presidential bid. The Nationalists are campaigning against an opposition party that advocates a more guarded approach to China, which has claimed sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan since Chiang Kai-shek's forces retreated from the mainland in 1949. Beijing sees the trade, transit and investment deals signed under Ma's party as steps...

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