Taiwan's ruling party in crisis as China factor looms large

December 3, 2014 9:20 AM

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Taiwan's ruling party in crisis as China factor looms large

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party is struggling to convince voters of the benefits of the deeper ties with China it has championed, senior party figures said, after a poll drubbing left it facing its biggest crisis in more than a decade.

President Ma Ying-jeou formally resigned as chairman of the KMT on Wednesday to take responsibility for the poor showing in local elections, which took place against the backdrop of protests in Hong Kong against China's interference in the territory's political system.

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