Hu asks Bush not to sell weapons to Taiwan

BEIJING, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- China's President Hu Jintao asked U.S. President George W. Bush, by telephone, to refrain from selling advanced weapons to Taiwan, state media said Friday.

Taiwan to change colors for National Day

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Taiwan has changed the traditional symbols, colors and slogans to be used during National Day celebrations Sunday in a move likely to provoke mainland China.

Taiwan's top billionaire dies at 81

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Tsai Wan-lin, Taiwan's wealthiest businessman and founder of the Lin Yuan Group, died Monday evening of heart disease in a Taipei hospital, at the age of 81.

Taiwanese urged to trade tea for weapons

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Taiwan officials have urged the public to give up one cup of milk tea every week to save money for the government to buy weapons to defend the island.

Taiwan welcomes Jiang's resignation

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Taiwanese officials have cautiously welcomed Jiang Zemin's resignation from his post as chairman of China's Central Military Commission. Chinese president Hu Jintao, who took over the post from Jiang, "is less likely to adopt the authoritarian leadership

Taiwan bid for U.N. is again rejected

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The latest attempt by Taiwan to gain recognition by the United Nations onto the agenda of the General Assembly has been defeated.

Lee: bullet clue in Thai murder attempt

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Forensic experts have said locating the pistol used in the March 19 attack on Thai President Chen Shui-bian might be key to solving the case.

China slams Taiwanese stopover in U.S.

BEIJING, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- China Thursday objected to the planned stop in the United States by Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian during his forthcoming Latin America trip.

China warns U.S. against Taiwan arms sale

BEIJING, July 31 (UPI) -- China's president has issued a personal appeal and warning to President Bush against selling arms to Taiwan, the BBC reported Saturday.

Chen takes part in submarine drill

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 30 (UPI) -- Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian took part in a submarine drill Thursday aimed at demonstrating the island's preparedness in the event of a Chinese attack.

China official cancels visit to Singapore

SINGAPORE, July 13 (UPI) -- A diplomatic row over Taiwan appears to have escalated with China's central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan canceling a planned trip to Singapore.

Taiwan considering Warren-type commission

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 5 (UPI) -- Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian is considering setting up a special committee to monitor the inquiry on the assassination attempt on his life.

Taiwan wants price cut on US weapons deal

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 29 (UPI) -- Taiwan has asked the United States to cut the price of an $18 billion weapons deal, and give it a role in building the submarines, the China Post said Tuesday.

Taiwan students boycott Jackie Chan

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 18 (UPI) -- Dozens of students protested at the Taipei premier of Jackie Chan's new movie Thursday, after Chan called Taiwan's election a "joke."

Chen stresses democratic, civil society

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 15 (UPI) -- Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian said Monday it was time for Taiwan to begin its second phase of building democracy, including a stronger civil society.
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Chen Shui-bian
TAI2000032001 - 17 MARCH 2000 - TAIPE, TAIWAN: Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian speaks to his supporters during the final campaign at the Taipe football stadium, March 17. This year's Taiwan presidential election is under heavy scrutiny by the Chinese government who has warned the future leader of Taiwan not to seek independence or China will be forced to take military actions. jr/ss/Sinartus Sosrodjojo UPI

Chen Shui-bian (traditional Chinese: 陳水扁; simplified Chinese: 陈水扁; pinyin: Chén Shuǐbiǎn; Taiwanese: Tân Chúi-píⁿ; born October 12, 1950) is a former Taiwanese politician who was the 10th and 11th-term President of the Republic of China from 2000 to 2008. Chen, whose Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has traditionally been supportive of Taiwan independence, ended more than fifty years of Kuomintang (KMT) rule in Taiwan. He is colloquially referred to as A-Bian (阿扁; Ābiǎn; Taiwanese: 阿扁仔 A-píⁿ-à).

Chen entered politics in 1980 as a lawyer during the Kaohsiung Incident, Chen entered politics as a member of the Tangwai movement and was elected to the Taipei City Council in 1981. Chen was jailed in 1985 for libel as the editor of the weekly pro-democracy magazine Neo-Formosa, following publication of an article critical of Elmer Feng, a college philosophy professor who was later elected a Kuomintang legislator. After being released, Chen helped found the DPP in 1986 and was elected a member of the Legislative Yuan in 1989, and Mayor of Taipei in 1994.

Chen won the 2000 presidential election on March 18 with 39% of the vote as a result of a split of factions within the Kuomintang, when James Soong ran for the presidency as an independent against the party nominee Lien Chan, becoming the only non-member of the Kuomintang to hold the office of president. Although Chen received high approval ratings during the first few weeks of his term, his popularity sharply dropped due to alleged corruption within the Chen administration and the inability to pass legislation against the opposition KMT, who controlled the Legislative Yuan. In 2004, he won reelection by a narrow margin after surviving a shooting while campaigning the day before the election. The incident was widely suspected as politically staged, and investigations into the incident was inconclusive.

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