Following the massive defeat of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led by President Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan’s local elections, Chinese authorities emphasized their opposition to Taiwanese independence, saying it was the result of public sentiment being reflected.
According to China’s state news agency Xinhua on the 27th, Fenglian Zhu, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said in relation to Taiwan’s local elections, “We paid attention to the results of this election.”
“This result reflects the mainstream public opinion in Taiwan to pursue peace and stability and live well,” said Zhu.
“We will continue to unite our compatriots in Taiwan, jointly promote the peaceful and integrated development of cross-strait relations, and promote the welfare of our compatriots on both sides of the Straits,” he said. Together, we will create a bright future for regeneration.”
The Democratic Progressive Party, led by President Tsai, won only five cities, including Tainan City and Kaohsiung City, in local elections to elect the heads of 21 prefectures and cities the previous day.
On the other hand, the main opposition party, the Kuomintang, won 13 provinces, including victories in four out of six directly controlled cities, including the capital Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, and Taichung.
President Tsai announced that she would resign as chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party, taking responsibility for the loss in the local elections.