Taiwan’s Tumultuous Election Campaign

Campaign flags in Taipei, 2002 The President considers martial law, the Minister of Defense talks of the army taking over Taipei and the opposition party warns of a possible assassination attempt against a candidate. With three months to go before national elections, Taiwan’s presidential campaign is as intense as that in the United States and even more bitter, as issues of war, peace and national survival are at stake, while an aggressive media helps create an atmosphere of heated confrontation.

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