Taiwan, Hong Kong a Challenge for China's Xi

December 1, 2014 2:48 PM

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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.

Xi's message of a better economic future by joining forces with Beijing rather than aligning against it doesn't seem to be working with the electorate in Taiwan, where voters turned out in droves over the weekend to support the chief opposition Democratic Progressive Party in local elections.

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