China-friendly Hopeful To Run for Taiwan President

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- A second China-friendly candidate has
announced his intention to run for president of Taiwan, a move that
could undermine the re-election chances of the incumbent.

Tuesday's announcement by veteran politician James Soong comes
with President Ma Ying-jeou and China skeptic Tsai-Ing-wen of the
main opposition party in a tight race ahead of the Jan. 14 election.

Ma has tied his presidency to improving relations with China. With Soong's entry into the race, at least some of the incumbent's
supporters could defect, splitting the vote of China engagement
partisans.

Taiwan and China separated amid civil war in 1949, and how to
deal with Beijing's long-standing demand that the island return to
its fold has been the central issue of Taiwanese politics for decades.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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