Taiwanese Choose President, Pace of Closer China Ties

From Bloomberg:

Taiwan’s voters choose a new president today in an election that will set the pace of improving relations with China after eight years of confrontation under the pro-independence rule of Chen Shui-bian.

Both candidates — the opposition Kuomintang’s and the Democratic Progressive Party’s — advocate closer mainland ties, so the election pits Ma’s quicker approach against Hsieh’s more cautious tack.

China’s crackdown on pro-independence protests in Tibet may have affected the lead Ma had before a ban on publishing poll results took effect March 12. Hsieh has tried to portray Ma’s policies — such as a pledge to work toward a peace treaty with the mainland — as exposing Taiwan to similar treatment.

Read also Taiwan votes for new president with China in mind by AFP, Taiwan Votes With One Eye on China from AP.



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