Taiwan’s Chen Wins Poll, Boost On China Stance

From Reuters, via The New York Times:

President Chen Shui-bian‘s Democratic Progressive Party () won an election on Saturday, securing a fresh mandate to pursue an independence-leaning policy toward rival China.

Although the National Assembly poll was held for the sole purpose of ratifying constitutional reforms already approved by parliament, relations with China dominated the agenda as the vote followed bridge-building visits by opposition leaders to the mainland.

The DPP won 42.52 percent of votes to affirm its standing as Taiwan’s largest political party, figures from the Central Election Commission showed. The main opposition Kuomintang (Nationalist ) finished with 38.92 percent.

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