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Xi finds little to celebrate in Taiwan elections

Rise of pro-independence radicals muddies the waters

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | Taiwan

TOKYO -- In a new twist in cross-strait relations, the anti-Beijing, pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has suffered a crushing defeat in Taiwan's local elections, widely seen as a prelude to the self-ruled island's presidential election in 2020.

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