Taiwanese Ballots and Chinese Bullets

Don Feder has written the following commentary in the Washington Times:

In the quintessential contrast between bullets and ballots, while hundreds of Chinese riot troops spread out over Tibet to suppress demonstrations in the wake of the March 14 massacre in Lhasa, Taiwanese voted in the nation’s fourth direct presidential election on Saturday.

The March 22 election also marked the second transfer of power between Taiwan’s major parties. The election of President Chen Shui-bian of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2000 ended 50 years of dominance by the Kuomintang (KMT). With the election of Ma Ying-jeou on Saturday, the KMT, or Nationalists, returned to power. Mr. Ma won the presidency by 58 percent to 41.5 percent for the DPP’s Hsieh Chang-ting.


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