TAIPEI, Taiwan – Voters were deciding Saturday whether to stick with a party that has struggled to improve ties with rival China or switch to one promising peace with the island’s giant neighbor.
Just two weeks ago, opposition candidateseemed ready to cruise to victory, promising to improve relations with and even work toward a common market with the Communist country.
But ruling party candidateappears to have been closing the gap. His party used the last day of campaigning to fan outrage over China’s crackdown in Tibet.
Hsieh warns that China’s crackdown in Tibet could be replicated in, which split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949. still considers the island to be part of its territory and has threatened to attack if Taiwan rejects unification and seeks a permanent break.
“If Ma is elected, Taiwan’s future will be in danger,” Hsieh told a cheering crowd at a rally Friday in the southern city of. “It will be the same for China to attack Tibet or Taiwan because it will be China’s domestic issue.”