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Taiwan: Pro-China Candidate Takes the Lead

March 10, 2008

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Nationalist Party (KMT) holds a big lead over rival Frank Hsieh, who favours a harder line toward China.

Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate ...
Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou gestures during an election campaign in Kaohsiung March 8, 2008. Taiwan’s presidential election will be held on March 22.(Pichi Chuang/Reuters)

Taiwan, recognized by just 23 countries and viewed by China as a breakaway province that must be brought back to the fold, votes for a new president on March 22.

Ma, a former Taipei mayor who has pledged to relax Taiwan-China investment rules to jumpstart the local economy if elected, has 49 to 54 percent of voter support, according to three media polls, one each in the Chinese-language China Times and United Daily and one by local TV news station TVBS.

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential ...
 Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh gestures while talking with social activists and scholars during a symposium at his campaign headquarters in Taipei March 10, 2008. Taiwan’s presidential election will be held on March 22. The three characters read, “Hsieh Chang-ting,” which is Hsieh’s name in Chinese.REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN)

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Taiwan nationalists celebrate vote victory

January 13, 2008
by Susan Stumme

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan‘s nationalists on Sunday celebrated their landslide win in legislative elections, setting their sights on the race to succeed President Chen Shui-bian, who headed in defeat to Guatemala.

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Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party supporters watch fireworks celebrate the party’s win of more than two thirds in the legislative elections in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008.
(AP Photo/Wally Santana)

The nationalist Kuomintang (KMT), which favours closer ties with China, and its smaller allies captured a total of 86 seats in the new 113-member parliament, to just 27 for Chen’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

A humiliated Chen, who had spearheaded the DPP’s parliamentary campaign, immediately stepped down as chairman….

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