6 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 01/11/2012
TAIWAN – CHINA
Businessmen for Ma Ying-jeou, Lee Teng-hui for opposition
After a race neck-and-neck, surveys give Ma a slight edge. However, Soong might get 5-10 per cent of the vote at Ma’s expense. Taiwan-China trade has improved significantly in recent years.

Taipei (AsiaNews) – Taiwan’s business community backs President Ma Ying-jeou, 61, in his re-election bid next Saturday. However, Taiwan's ex-leader Lee Teng-hui on Wednesday formally endorsed opposition presidential hopeful Tsai Ing-wen, 55.

Many Taiwanese businessmen involved in trade with the mainland support the outgoing president. Thanks to his quiet approach to China since 2008, the two sides of the strait have reached trade agreements and eased restrictions on air, sea and postal links.

Investments in China rose 22 per cent from a year ago to US$ 12.4 billion in the first 11 months of 2011.

The mainland also overtook Japan as Taiwan’s biggest source of overseas tourists in the same period, with 1.6 million visitors, 69 per cent more than a year earlier, according to Tourism Bureau Data.

Concerned about a victory by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which called for the island’s independence in the past heightening tensions with the mainland, Beijing has openly backed Ma, inviting members of his ruling Kuomintang (Nationalist) Party to the mainland. It has also retaliated against businessmen who back the DPP.

For her part, Tsai Ing-wen kept away from the independence issue during the election campaign; instead, she focused on job creation. At the same time, she pointed out that closer economic links with the mainland could result in a loss of autonomy for the island.

Today, she received the endorsement of former President Lee Teng-hui, who urged voters to cast their ballot for her.

In a letter published in major newspapers, Lee said that Beijing has to realise that it is facing the entire Taiwanese people, not one single political party, in dealing with the island.

Until recently, public opinion polls showed Ma and Tsai running neck-and-neck. The latest give a slight edge to Ma.

However, the emergence of political veteran Soong, 69, and his People First Party, a Kuomintang ally, will undoubtedly erode some of Ma's support, and could pose a threat if Soong secures 5 to 10 per cent of the votes.

e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
01/14/2012 TAIWAN – CHINA
Ma Ying-jeou re-elected
10/05/2011 TAIWAN – CHINA – JAPAN
2012 elections: DPP candidate Tsai on Taiwan’s future
09/05/2011 TAIWAN
Thousands of activists want to “dump Ma” to preserve Taiwan’s autonomy
07/18/2005 CHINA – TAIWAN
Hu Jintao congratulates Ma Ying-jeou, KMT's new leader
03/20/2008 TAIWAN – TIBET
Presidential Election: Tibet might sink the KMT

Editor's choices
VIETNAM – VATICAN
Vietnam today, 40 years after the fall of Saigon
by Lee NguyenOn 30 April 1975, North Vietnamese forces seized Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, thus ending the Vietnam War. Forty years later, the country has become a medium-size economic "tiger" in Asia and the world, a country with a capitalist economy behind a Communist facade, under a regime still bent on exerting tight social controls. There are some positive signs for the Church, but also acts of persecution, bans, and censorship, especially against bishops and priests. Yet, the country really needs the reconciliation Christians can bring to heal still present wounds and divisions.
IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
For Chaldean Patriarch, state secularism and religious freedom are the practical response to fundamentalist barbarism
by Louis Raphael I Sako*In Beirut, Mar Sako met the leaders of the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches. Together, they agreed to a major conference to discuss the situation of Christians in the Middle East. Past massacres and today's tragedies are a lesson on which to base real coexistence. Reflecting upon the issues, His Beatitude shares his thoughts with AsiaNews readers.
NEPAL – ASIA
Nepal earthquake: Church and international community coming to the aid of survivorsThe Italian Bishops’ Conference has pledged € 3 million in emergency medical assistance. The South Korean Church has allocated funds for the displaced. India, Pakistan and China are already on the ground. A Chinese airline has hiked ticket fares to evacuate its nationals. Israel is selective in its help, airlifting 25 children of surrogate mothers and gay couples.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.