- Title: TAIWAN: DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY WINS TAIWAN ELECTION
- Date: 14th May 2005
- Summary: (W3) TAIPEI, TAIWAN (MAY 14, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. WIDE OF OLD MAN WITH BICYCLE ARRIVING AT POLLING STATION 0.05 2. WIDE OF PEOPLE INSIDE POLLING STATION 0.12 3. WIDE OF MAN ENTERING POLLING STATION IN ATEMPLE 0.18 4. WIDE OF BALLOT BOX BEING UNSEALED 0.26 5. CLOSE OF BALLOT BOX BEING UNLOCKED 0.33 6. WIDE OF ELECTION STAFF WAITING TO COUNT VOTES 0.40 7. VARIOUS OF VOTING PAPERS BEING COUNTED 0.49 8. SLV MAN MARKING VOTES ON BOARD 0.55 9. CLOSE OF BOARD 1.02 10. VARIOUS OF VOTE COUNTING 1.10 11. WIDE OF THE VOTE COUNTING CENTRE AT THE DEMOCRATIC PROGRASSIVE PARTY 1.19 12. CLOSE OF ELECTRONIC SCREEN WITH RESULTS 1.21 13. VARIOUS OF THE CELEBRATION AT THE DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY 1.28 14. SLV MAN AND CHILD MARKING ON THE BOARD FOR THE LIST OF THE NEWLY ELECTED POLITICIANS 1.33 15. VARIOUS OF THE NEWLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES SHOUTING OUT SLOGAN "CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM, FOR A BETTER NATION" 1.48 15. VARIOUS OF SUPPORTERS CHEERING 1.56 16. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) YOUNGEST NEWLY ELECTED NATIONAL ASSEMBLY KAO CHIA-YU SAYING SAYING: "Every political reform Taiwan's was always directed towards independence from China. Even when we elected our own president, China accused us as separatists. And again this time we are just giving back the right of a referendum to the people." 2.10 17. VARIOUS OF THE VICE PRESIDENT ANNETTE LU WALKING ONTO THE STAGE 2.22 18. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) TAIWAN VICE-PRESIDENT ANNETTE LU SAYING: "Communist China is always testing us, and we have won again. The democratic Taiwan has won again." 2.37 19. CUTAWAY OF MEDIA 2.42 20. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) TAIWAN VICE-PRESIDENT ANNETTE LU SAYING: "Taiwan belongs to 23 millions of people in Taiwan, any change of status quo has to be decided by the people in Taiwan. 23 million people have sent the message, 13 hundred million of people in China have heard it. I believe the chief of Chinese Communist Party Hu Jintao has also heard it." 3.05 21. WIDE OF LU AT PODIUM 3.13 22. WIDE OF AUDIENCE 3.17 23. WIDE OF PRESS CONFERENCE 3.23 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
- Country: Taiwan
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- Story Text: Taiwan's Chen wins poll, boost on China stance.
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's Democratic
Progressive Party (DPP) won an election on Saturday (May
14), securing a fresh mandate to pursue an
independence-leaning policy towards rival China.
Although the National Assembly poll was held for the
sole purpose of ratifying constitutional reforms already
approved by parliament, relations with China dominated the
agenda as the vote followed bridge-building visits by
opposition leaders to the mainland.
The DPP won 42.52 percent of votes to affirm its
standing as Taiwan's largest political party, figures from
the Central Election Commission showed. The main opposition
Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) finished with 38.92 percent.
With his political adversaries seeking to build
relationships with rival China, Chen had been under rising
pressure to find ways to break the ice with Beijing, which
refuses to deal with him or his government because of their
China claims the democratic island of 23 million as its
own and enacted an anti-secession law in March sanctioning
war if Taiwan pushes for formal statehood.
As part of a strategy to divide and conquer Taiwan,
China had sought to marginalise Chen by engaging the
opposition KMT and People First Party (PFP), which both
oppose Taiwan independence.
In meetings with KMT leader Lien Chan and PFP leader
James Soong, Beijing offered Taiwan a slew of economic
incentives, aiming to win the hearts of the island's 23
Put on the defensive, Chen has toned down his
independence views in recent months -- angering some of his
core supporters -- but still rejects Beijing's cherished
"one China" principle.
Cheng braved heavy rain lashing most of Taiwan on
Saturday to vote for the small Taiwan Solidarity Union,
which advocates the creation of the Republic of Taiwan but
ended up with only 7.05 percent of votes. The PFP came
fourth with 6.11 percent.
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