Taipei's Mayor: The Man China Fears

Why Taipei Mayor Chen's reelection would rile Beijing

At a campaign stop in a Taipei suburb, a beaming Chen Shui-bian plunges into the crowd, shaking hands and signing autographs as enthusiastic supporters jump up and down and jostle for position. Firecrackers erupt in the street for five deafening minutes, followed by chants of "Ah Bian Victory!"--referring to Chen's Taiwanese nickname.

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