Ma takes over as Taiwan's president

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 20 (UPI) -- Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, who was elected in March on a promise to improve trade relations with mainland China, was sworn in Tuesday.

Ma wins Taiwanese presidency

TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 22 (UPI) -- Former Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou, who advocates warmer relations between Taiwan and China, was elected president of the island nation Saturday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 20, 2008.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 18, 2008.
By United Press International

China issues warning to Taiwan

BEIJING, March 4 (UPI) -- China on Tuesday sternly warned Taiwanese leaders they would pay a heavy price if they continue with efforts for the independence of the island.

Taiwan, China claim Spratly Islands

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- China and Taiwan each have made strong sovereignty claims over the Spratly Islands ahead of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian's planned visit to the islands.

Taiwan's opposition party sweeps election

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Taiwan's Kuomintang opposition party Saturday won a landslide victory in elections against President Chen Shui-bian's Democratic Progressive Party.

BMD Watch: Poles may put BMD base on hold

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The Bush administration's plans to build and deploy an anti-ballistic missile interceptor base in Poland took another body blow Monday when Poland's new defense minister said in a newspaper interview he opposed the idea.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

UPI Energy Watch

Taiwan freezes oil price hikes; Kazakhstan eyes Syrian oil, gas; Ivory Coast focuses on oil, gas sector
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, UPI Energy Correspondent

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007.
By United Press International

China warns Taiwan

BEIJING, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- China Wednesday warned Taiwan it would take “necessary measures” if the island nation continues to push for independence

Taiwan leader rejects China overture

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Both candidates in next March's Taiwanese presidential election appear receptive to an overture from China, but the current president is not.

China's own crisis

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- These are difficult days for Chinese President Hu Jintao, as he faces a new Party Congress that was supposed to impose his stamp upon the regime and select the next generation of leaders by appointing his chosen successors to the new Politburo standing committee.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Analysis: Taiwan issue puzzles China

HONG KONG, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- At its 17th National Congress next month the Chinese Communist Party will discuss its future policy and principles regarding Taiwan, a spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council announced this week. This indicates that conflict over how to handle the Taiwan issue is escalating within the party, which has maintained a clear Taiwan policy for decades -- pursuing unification under the “one country two systems” formula.

China reiterates Taiwan claim

BEIJING, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- China Thursday cited the latest U.N. General Assembly rejection of Taiwan’s membership effort to reassert its claim on the island nation.
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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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