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Sowing the seeds of mistrust

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Fellow travellers are often more extreme than the parties with which they ally themselves. So it’s hardly surprising that some apologists for the Democratic Progressive Party have been spreading wild conspiracy theories and casting doubts on the Taiwanese electorate in the aftermath of the party’s debacle in the so-called nine-in-one elections on the island.

Many DPP leaders have been far more gentlemanly or ladylike. Despite having played up anti-mainland and pro-independence sentiments before the elections, they admitted shortcomings and called their Kuomintang rivals to congratulate them.

Not so with Wang Dan. The exiled student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen protests is now a media propagandist for the DPP.

Before the elections, he predicted there was no way for the KMT’s charismatic Han Kuo-yu to win the mayoral race for Kaohsiung, a DPP........

© South China Morning Post