‘In­de­pen­dence’ not pop­u­lar among vot­ers

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“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.

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