Taiwan Under Seige

Even after the vote, Beijing will bully Taipei and punish its economy

As day broke on Mar. 13, China fired its fourth M-class missile in less than a week into the waters near the coast of Taiwan. Beijing's immediate goal is clear. It is to discourage millions of anxious Taiwanese from voting for candidates in the Mar. 23 presidential elections who favor Taiwan's independence from China. But heavy-handed Chinese actions clearly aren't working. On the streets of Taiwan, anger and resentment are hardening, making the idea of unifying with China even more remote. "This makes me want independence all the more," says Kenny Lee, a Taipei resident.

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