Poll defeats, pro-democracy protests a challenge for China's Xi in handling Taiwan, Hong Kong

December 1, 2014 1:45 PM

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Poll defeats, pro-democracy protests a challenge for China's Xi in handling Taiwan, Hong Kong

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 file photo, supporters of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party watch TV for the election results in Taipei, Taiwan, as preliminary vote count shows Taiwan's pro-China ruling party has suffered stiff defeats in municipal elections. An electoral pummeling for Taiwan’s pro-Beijing ruling party and a new spike in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have delivered a reality check to Chinese President Xi Jinping just when he was riding a wave of high-profile diplomacy. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 photo, police officers throw a pro-democracy protester on the main road outside government headquarters in Hong Kong as hundreds of pro-democracy protesters faced off with Hong Kong police, stepping up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after being cam...

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