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PacNet #43 – Democratic Development in Taiwan: A Model for the PRC?

Chen Shui-bian’s election last spring as Taiwan’s first Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president was clearly a nightmare scenario for Beijing. Despite saying he wanted to improve relations with Beijing, Chen was the only major candidate who was not formally committed to Taiwan’s eventual unification with the Mainland. Chen, along with the people of Taiwan and interested observers around the world, have been watching closely to see how Beijing responds to this turn of events.