Taiwan begins vote testing confidence in China-friendly ruling party

November 29, 2014 3:09 AM

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Taiwan begins vote testing confidence in China-friendly ruling party

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Voters in Taiwan began trickling into polling stations early on Saturday in a local election that could show support for the ruling party, the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT), is waning less than two years before a presidential election.

Saturday's poll is the first chance for the island, viewed as a breakaway province by giant neighbor China, to make known its views since March, when thousands of young people occupied parliament in an unprecedented protest against a planned trade pact calling for closer ties with Beijing.

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