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Taiwan holds televised election debate for candidates of next deputy leader (2)

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11:01, December 11, 2011

Taiwan's future would be guaranteed only if the so-called "Taiwan consensus," put forward by Tsai, was realized, Su said during the debate.

Another debater, Lin Ruey-shiung, 72, the running mate of People First Party (PFP) candidate James Soong, called for the signing of a cross-Strait peace accord, and said that the Chinese nation was fundamentally one family, with reunification benefiting both and secession hurting both.

Lin said, as a member of the Chinese nation, Taiwan must be reunified with the mainland in the future, without wars, and it is the aspiration of all Taiwanese that people of both sides could freely visit each other.

The three candidates also debated on anti-corruption, financial deficit and social equity.

Saturday's debate among the candidates for deputy leader was the second of a three-part series. A debate of the Taiwan leader hopefuls was staged last Saturday, and they will spar again on Dec. 17.

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Fat-Chun Leung Ki at 2011-12-11188.61.105.*
Under the present de facto outcome of 1949 Chinese Civil War, Taiwan does not show any enthusiasm for tighter political relations with China despite the efforts made by the latter. For most Taiwanese they regarded China as a country to make maximum profits from, taking advantage that the mainland has offered them as sops.For example, despite China"s policy to open its market with preferences to Taiwanese companies, mainland companies are not treated likewise in reciprocity and in fact in many economic sectors they are still treated with discrimination compared with Japanese or South Korean companies. Many real-estates companies owned or partially-owned by Taiwanese are allowed to operate on the mainland. In some cases, mainland tenants are being evicted in connivance corrupt local authorities to make ways for these companies to build highrises and commercial malls. That"s not all; even under Ma Yingjiu Taiwan has spent large amounts of money to equip itself with modern weaponry and seeking alliance with other countries. It is very difficult to regard such acts as friendly or even neutral.
  

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