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PacNet #19 – Chen Shui-bian Could be Taiwan’s Nixon

As Taiwan’s top opposition leaders, Lien Chan and James Soong, embark on separate historical visits to mainland China, President Chen Shui-bian is facing a serious political crisis. Apparently, the negative fallout of the anti-secession law did not completely reverse the emerging “mainland fever” on the island. And the attempt by Chen and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to exploit the ill-timed law to retake the initiative on cross-Strait relations did not succeed.