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Former Taiwan president led away in handcuffs

November 11, 2008

Former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian on Tuesday was led from a prosecutor’s office in handcuffs after being questioned for five hours on money-laundering allegations.

Taiwan television stations, which broadcast images of Chen being taken away, said that Chen arrived at Taipei district court, where a judge could order his detention.

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian was arrested as ... 
Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian was arrested as prosecutors sought to detain him in connection with a long-running corruption probe.(AFP/Sam Yeh)

Chen could be heard shouting, “This is a political persecution” and “Cheers for Taiwan,” as he was being led away.

Associated Press

Chen said Monday night he believed his arrest was imminent. He linked it to attempts by newly installed Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou to placate China, following violent protests last week against a visiting Chinese envoy.

Chen, who has denied any wrongdoing, is an ardent supporter of Taiwanese independence, a cause decried by Beijing, which insists that Taiwan is part of Chinese territory. China has threatened war if the island moves to make its 59-year break with the mainland permanent.

“Long live Taiwanese democracy,” Chen declared to his supporters outside the prosecutors’ office. “Long live Taiwanese independence.”

Chen faced more than five hours of questioning Tuesday in connection with his alleged role in what prosecutors say was a money-laundering scheme.

There has been no official statement from prosecutors on the case.

Chen has been the object of a six-month probe into allegations he laundered money and made illegal use of a special presidential fund during his eight years in office that ended in May.

Two of Chen’s senior advisers already have been arrested in the case.

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China’s premier invites Taiwan for ‘big-issue’ talks

April 1, 2008

BEIJING 2008 (AFP) – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has invited Taiwan to hold “big-issue” talks on establishing direct transport links and signing a peace agreement, state media reported Monday.

Wen, who was speaking to reporters during a visit to Laos, extended the invitation in his first public remarks on Taiwan after the more China-friendly of two presidential candidates won an election on the island this month.

“(What we can talk about) include big issues, such as the implementation of the Three Links and the end of cross-strait hostility by reaching a peace agreement,” Wen was quoted as saying by China National Radio‘s website.

The “Three Links” refer to direct transport, trade and postal links, something that has not yet materialised because of continuing tensions between the two sides who split after a civil war in 1949.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory, and has vowed to aim for eventual reunification, even if it means war.

The Chinese premier said talks should take place on the basis of the so-called “1992 consensus” which lets both parties agree there is only one China, but leaves the precise definition of the term to each.

Observers said Wen’s remarks were significant due to their timing, after the landslide victory in Taiwan’s presidential election for opposition candidate Ma Ying-jeou.

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Understanding Taiwan

March 22, 2008

Through a free, fair and peaceful national election, the people of Taiwan have elected Mr. Ma Ying-jeou and Mr. Vincent Siew of the Kuomintang as the twelfth president and vice president on March 22, 2008.
The president-elect and vice president-elect will be inaugurated on May 20 this year.
The process and outcome of the presidential election have, once again, shown to the world a more mature and dynamic democracy in Taiwan, and further demonstrated the important role of Taiwan as a beacon of democracy in Asia.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) would like to express its gratitude to the U.S. government and people for their long-standing support of Taiwan’s democratic development, and hopes that the U.S. government and people will continue to support the efforts of the new president to consolidate and deepen the substantive relations between our two countries.

Peace and Freedom is deeply in debt to Mr. Philip Shih for his understanding.

新聞稿                                                                          駐美國台北經濟文化代表處                  2008322       Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative OfficeMarch 22, 2008

Taiwan ruling party concedes defeat

March 22, 2008

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Ruling party candidate Frank Hsieh conceded defeat in Taiwan’s presidential election, his spokesman said Saturday.

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Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou listens to reporters questions after casting his vote at a polling center at Taipei, Taiwan Saturday, March 22, 2008.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

“We are accepting that we lost,” Hsieh Hsin-ni said.

With almost all votes counted, opposition candidate Ma Ying-jeou has a 17 percentage point lead over Hsieh.

Ma won over voters with promises to expand economic ties with China while protecting the island from being swallowed up politically by its giant communist neighbor.

Tibet unrest colors Taiwan elections

March 22, 2008
By PETER ENAV, Associated Press Writer 

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.

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Taiwan’s opposition Nationalist Party presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou shakes hands with supporters as he parades through neighborhoods of Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, March 21, 2008. Taiwan’s presidential candidates Ma and ruling party Democratic Progressive Party’s Frank Hsieh are canvassing the island one day before Taiwan will hold its fourth directly-elected presidential poll on Saturday, March 22, 2008.(AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Just two weeks ago, opposition candidate Ma Ying-jeou seemed ready to cruise to victory, promising to improve relations with China and even work toward a common market with the Communist country.

But ruling party candidate Frank Hsieh appears 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 Taiwan, which split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949. Beijing 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 Chiayi. “It will be the same for China to attack Tibet or Taiwan because it will be China’s domestic issue.”

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No dramatic thaw with China likely after Taiwan poll

March 16, 2008
By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) – Both Taiwan presidential candidates promise better ties with China, but whoever wins, chances of a dramatic or quick thaw in ties are unlikely as sensitive political problems will be tricky to tackle.

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Taiwan’s main opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou speaks to supporters in front of a Taiwan flag during a campaign rally in Tainan March 16, 2008. Taiwan’s presidential election will be held on March 22.REUTERS/Nicky Loh (TAIWAN)

Nationalist candidate Ma Ying-jeou, the election front-runner, is seen as being more sympathetic to China, and many believe a President Ma would move fast to boost economic, trade and possibly political ties with Beijing.

Victory for his rival from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Frank Hsieh, could make a rapprochement harder, despite Hsieh promising a much more relaxed China policy than President Chen Shui-bian.

In a fresh example of their different approaches, both candidates criticized the recent violence in Tibet on Saturday, but only Hsieh tied it to Taiwan’s situation.
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Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Frank Hsieh raises his hands with supporters during an election campaign in Tainan March 15, 2008. Hsieh condemned the violence in Tibet by the Chinese government on Saturday during a news conference. Taiwan’s presidential elections will be held on March 22.REUTERS/Pichi Chuang (TAIWAN)

“As we look at Tibet, we must think about our own fate,” said Hsieh.

Steve Tsang, Director of the Taiwan Studies Programme at Oxford University, said: “I think in the medium to long term you would see significant improvements in the relationship (if Ma wins), at least by way of easing of tensions.”

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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.

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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.

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 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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