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Pragmatism the real winner in Hong Kong, Taiwan elections

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This past weekend has been good for Beijing. Elections held in Hong Kong and Taiwan have produced results that must be pleasing to the central government.

Pro-establishment greenhorn Chan Hoi-yan easily defeated two veteran pan-democratic rivals in the by-election for the Kowloon West seat in the legislature. Though an independent, she enjoys the full backing of the powerful Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. A former political assistant in the Food and Health Bureau, she is well-connected with the government.

Her victory means the current Legislative Council will essentially be a rubber stamp for the government, as the opposition has lost any hope of regaining veto powers, at least until the next election in 2020.

Meanwhile, in Taiwan, the political pendulum has swung back to the Kuomintang. In the so-called........

© South China Morning Post