Saturday, January 14, 2012

A democratic election with Chinese characteristics?

Not quite, but as the Associated reports, the Chinese government certainly will not react negatively to Saturday's presidential election in Taiwan.
Taiwan's president won re-election Saturday, paving the way for a continuation of the China-friendly policies that have delighted Beijing and Washington, and caused consternation among some in Taiwan worried about the durability of their de facto independence.

With about 99 percent of the vote counted, the official Central Election Commission said President Ma Ying-jeou had garnered 51.6 percent of the total against 45.6 percent for Tsai Ing-wen of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party. A third candidate, James Soong, once a heavyweight with Ma's Nationalist Party, had 2.8 percent.
Ma's Nationalist Party also retained control of the 113-seat legislature, though with a reduced majority.
While Taiwan appears to be in China's good graces, the people who support freedom for Tibet are not. And the New York Times suggests that the Chinese military has attacked some of them

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