Mainland notes Taiwan elections reflect public will
A Chinese mainland spokesman on Sunday said the mainland will continue to enhance solidarity with Taiwan compatriots and follow a path of peaceful development of crossStraits relations, after the Kuomintang Party won 15 seats out of a total of 22 being contested during local elections in Taiwan over the weekend.
“We have noticed
the results of the elections,” said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, adding that the results reflected the strong will of the public in Taiwan to share the benefits of peaceful development across the Taiwan Straits, and their desire to improve the island’s economy and people’s well-being.
Among the 22 county and city chief posts, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party landed six, with one going to
3 an independent candidate, according to the island’s election affairs authority.
The independent candidate, Ko Wen-je, won the election of Taipei mayor with about 3,200 more votes than Ting Shou-chung, a candidate from the Kuomintang. Ting filed a lawsuit to challenge the validity of the election in the early hours of Sunday.
Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ingwen, resigned as chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party on Saturday night to take responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the local elections.
The fundamental reason for the electoral defeat of the Democratic Progressive Party is that it did nothing to improve economic development on the island, said Zhang Wensheng, deputy head of the Taiwan Research Institute at Xiamen University, Fujian province.
He said that another reason is that the Tsai administration’s “pro-independence” secessionism has forced cross-