>> A stinging defeat for Taiwan's ruling party and it's message of independence from China. The democratic Progressive party, or DPP, suffering major losses in local elections this weekend. A shake up that Beijing blamed on president Tsai lng-wen's quote, separates stance. But it was a day of triumph for the opposition, the China friendly Kuomintang party, taking or keeping control of 15 cities and counties, compared to only six for the DPP.
Following news at the election results, President Tsai stepped down as DPP chairwoman.>>
>> Taiwan is a self ruled Island but Beijing considers it a way ward province, that will one day be returned by force if necessary. President Tsai has never called for formal independence, saying she wants only to keep up the status quo. But China has refused to have any direct contact with her administration.
Since she's come to office, tensions have risen across the Taiwan's trade, with China running military drills in the area and snatching away some of Taiwan's diplomatic allies. Meanwhile, when newly elected Kuomintang official has already reached out to China, telling local media he plans to setting up a working group on cross street relations, and break down barriers.