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.

March 22, 2008, 12:36 AM
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