Asia Pacific Taiwan election surprise: Voters reject China-friendly ruling KMT party (+video)

Spurred by discontented youth, the island shifted from political 'blue' to 'green' as the Nationalists lost key mayor races in Taipei and Taichung. The election outcome may create more distance in Taiwan-China relations.

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In a surprising political shift, Taiwanese voters this weekend turned from the China-friendly Nationalist ruling party to a more “Taiwan-first” or China-skeptical majority in nationwide local elections, a vote that could begin to harden relations between Taiwan and mainland China.