A Taiwan Candidate Has Beijing Baring Its Teeth

With Taiwan's presidential elections set for Mar. 18, the contender Beijing warns it won't tolerate as successor to President Lee Teng-hui is navigating carefully. Chen Shui-bian is a blunt-speaking pol best known for advocating independence from China. But these days his TV ads feature Bao Gong, a legendary Song dynasty judge known for executing corrupt officials during the 11th century. By shifting focus, Chen has climbed to first place in the polls and introduced a dangerous new element to Beijing-Taipei relations.

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