Taiwan Under Siege

Even after the election, Beijing will pressure 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 intimidate scores of anxious Taiwanese from voting for candidates in the Mar. 23 presidential elections who favor Taiwan's independence from China. But the heavy-handed Chinese actions clearly aren't working. On the streets of Taiwan, anger and resentment are hardening against China, making the idea of unifying with China more remote than ever. "This makes me want independence all the more," says Kenny Lee, a Taipei resident.

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