Taiwan: Chen's Weakness May Keep The Straits Tense

When Chen Shui-bian took over Taiwan's presidency in May of this year, he pledged to deliver on two ambitious goals. At home, he promised to break the grip of "black gold," the corrupt money politics that had been practiced throughout 55 years of rule by the nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) party. Chen also promised to break the deadlock across the Taiwan Strait by bringing Beijing to the negotiating table for the first time since 1993.

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