May 15, 2005


Election Victory a Boost for Taiwan President's Pro-Independence Party (Luis Ramirez, 15 May 2005, VOA News)

Commentators in Taiwanese newspapers say the results of Saturday's special constitutional election in Taiwan have given a boost to President Chen Shui-bian and his pro-independence party.

Analysts said Beijing was likely to be disappointed, although officials here had no immediate reaction to the poll results.

In the past month, the Chinese Communist party has hosted two leaders of the Taiwan opposition in moves that analysts say were meant to undermine Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, whose party advocates independence for the self-governed island.

Taiwan's vice president, Annette Lu, said her party's strong showing Saturday suggests Beijing's plan backfired.

"We thank the Chinese Communist Party because each time there is pressure from China, the Taiwanese people show that it is democracy that they embrace," she said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 15, 2005 9:50 AM
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