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Taiwan Elects President

Headline: Taiwan Elects Pro-China President

Taiwan has just elected Ma Ying-jeou — a Harvard-educated lawyer and former Taipei mayor — as president. Ma Ying-jeou ran his campaign seeking greater economic ties to China. His opponent warned that the current situation in Tibet is possible in Taiwan if China is given greater authority. But today Ma said he was convinced that Taiwan’s economic survival depended on closer ties to Beijing. He said, “if we don’t get into China’s market, we are locked into our own country."

Also up for vote were two controversial referendums — one regarding Taiwan applying for membership in the United Nations — fell well short of passage. China is strongly opposed to United Nations membership for Taiwan, which it regards as a breakaway province. The United States and China had both denounced the UN referendum as provocative because it specifically called for the island to apply as Taiwan and not use its legal name, the Republic of China.

Well over a majority of the island's citizens got "I Voted" stickers. Voter turnout was 75.7 percent.


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Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Nice one, hypnoticmix! :)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well I would warn new President elect of Taiwan to use our economic dependence on China as an example of how not to do business.
DigitalChick DigitalChick 9 years
This is great. One step closer for Taiwan to get back to mother mainland.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It's only been 12 years since the first democratic elections in Taiwan, so I'm very proud of my country's handling of the process :)
pureperfection pureperfection 9 years
I was watching it on tv ytd! I love Mr Ma!! He is pretty hot (:
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I wish 75% of our people showed up to vote!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I can understand the concerns over the economy, corruption in the government, and not wanting to make too many waves with the mainland, but I do wish we had gotten U.N. membership.
Jimmy-L Jimmy-L 9 years
Voter turn-out was 75.7%? Wow; that's absolutely amazing... The outcome is predictable, however. People value money and economic stability before everything else. As China continues its ascendence, being anti-China does not pay... Jimmy L (
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