A second China-friendly candidate announced his intention Tuesday to run for president of Taiwan, a move that could undermine the re-election chances of the incumbent.A friend pointed out that Tsai is now inching ahead of Ma Ying-jeou in the NCCU prediction market, with shares of Tsai priced at around ~50 and rising while Ma is at ~48.6 and falling.
The announcement by veteran politician James Soong raises the prospects that enough partisans of President Ma Ying-jeou could defect to Soong to push China skeptic Tsai Ing-wen over the top in the tightly contested Jan. 14 election.
That would be a big blow to Beijing, which is quietly supporting Ma's candidacy, because it sees the Harvard-educated jurist as the best bet to create conditions for Taiwan's eventual return to the mainland.
Soong, whose is a pro-China, pro-"unification" politician like Ma, insists he is in for the whole trip even though he has virtually no chance of success. His entry into the race automatically raises the profile of his party and may give it further leverage in bargaining with the KMT -- after all, he can always leave the ticket at the last minute and ask his followers to assign their presidential vote to Ma.
Media Note: Ma is now a Harvard-educated jurist whereas Tsai Ing-wen has no similar "LSE-educated" encomium. Can't wait for the revival of the zombie "harvard educated lawyer" claim. The Financial Times hack job on Tsai was also revisited in this piece with its reference to "some Obama officials" who don't like Tsai. *sigh*
- Indigenous Industry Expo this weekend at the Flower Expo location
- NCC grilled over WantWant purchase of CNS.
- Haha. Fallout from the accusations of DPP Veep candidate Su Chia-chuan's luxury farmhouse -- he's not the only one.
- Drew's outstanding pics and discussion of his awesome ride up Simaxianshan. That slope is wicked steep.
- Lonely Planet chooses Taiwan as a top ten travel destination.
- Google with 2012 Taiwan election site on youtube chock full of vids.
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