Taiwan opposition wins big in local vote
Taiwan's main opposition party the Kuomintang (KMT) stomped home to victory in local elections yesterday as President Tsai Ing-wen's efforts to frame the vote as being about showing defiance to China's rising bellicosity failed to pay off. Tsai, who leads the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), had recast the election as being more than a local vote, saying the world is watching how Taiwan defends its democracy amid military tensions with China, which claims the island as its territory. The KMT was taking the lead or claimed victory in 13 of the 21 city mayor and county chief seats up for grabs, including the capital Taipei, compared to the DPP's five. The KMT has accused Tsai and the DPP of being overly confrontational with China.