Times of India One of the candidates is Hung Hsiu-chu of the Nationalists party and the pro-independence opposition Democratic Progressive Party's is Tsai Ing-wen. by Saibal Dasgupta via TNN
is known for her campaign for Taiwan's independence and opposition
towards China's attempts to influence the country's future. Hung, who
advocates a pro-China policy, is close to securing the Nationalists'
nomination very soon.
'"We welcome any Taiwan party or person as
long as they oppose Taiwan independence, recognize the 1992 consensus
and promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations," Ma
Xiaoguang, China's Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman said in a statement
carried by the official Xinhua news agency.
consensus" refers to Beijing's cherished "one China" principle that
includes Taiwan as part of China. But Ma also maintained, "We do not get
involved in, or comment on, the Taiwan election". 'Tsai
was leading with a 50.2 percent support in an opinion poll last
Wednesday. Hung's pro-China support base stood at 29.3 percent,
according to the Cross-Strait Policy Association.'