‘Independence’ not popular among voters
“Taiwan residents are not satisfied with the stagnant economy and the declining living standards,” Zhang said. “Their disappointment and dissatisfaction are particularly reflected in their support for Han Kuo-yu, Kaohsiung’s Kuomintang mayor-elect.”
Han, who described the city as “outdated and poor” in his campaign trail and said he would make all-out efforts to boost its economy, impressed voters a lot, he added.
The failure is a lesson for the Democratic Progressive Party and also for all the parties on the island, reminding them of putting people’s livelihood at the forefront, said Zhang. He added that, “Any party or politician would be dumped by voters if they ignore the interests of the public.”
With a correct understanding of the nature of crossStraits relations and the nature of exchanges between cities across the Taiwan Straits, more counties and cities in Taiwan are welcomed to participate in such exchanges and cooperation, said Ma, the spokesman.
Ma reiterated that the mainland will continue to uphold the 1992 Consensus on the oneChina principle and to resolutely oppose separatist elements advocating “Taiwan independence” and their activities.
Alongside the elections, a referendum on Saturday on changing the name under which Taiwan athletes will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to “Taiwan” from “Chinese Taipei” failed.