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April 15, 2000 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than six months after a devastating earthquake killed 2,297 people and left tens of thousands of Taiwanese homeless, the prospects for recovery in this unassuming region seem almost as distant as they did the day after the temblor. Thousands of residents still live in cramped temporary dwellings. Little rebuilding has begun, while the low-interest loans promised by the government remain tied up in bureaucratic limbo. Outside aid has evaporated.
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April 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
Calling Taiwan's vice president-elect the "scum" of the country and an incurable separatist, China on Saturday stepped up pressure on the island by renewing its warnings against moving toward independence. China's harsh rhetoric contrasted with the wait-and-see stance it has adopted since a March 18 vote forced out the Nationalists who had ruled Taiwan since fleeing the mainland amid civil war in 1949.
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March 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
As expected, Taiwan's president resigned as leader of the ruling Nationalist Party, a victim of the opposition's stunning upset in the island nation's presidential election. Since the party's humiliating defeat, protesters have demonstrated outside the Nationalists' headquarters, demanding that President Lee Teng-hui step down immediately as party chairman. "There were many reasons for the election setback, but as the party chairman, I will shoulder the responsibility," Lee said in a statement.
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March 22, 2000 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The civil war between Communist and Nationalist Chinese was perhaps never more surreal than on this tiny island about a mile off China's southern coast. For nearly 20 years, the two sides stuck to an almost comical arrangement to alternate their artillery fire during the week. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the Nationalists shelled the mainland from their holdout here on Kinmen. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, it was the Communists' turn to bombard Kinmen from the mainland.
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March 22, 2000 | JIM MANN, Jim Mann's column appears in this space every Wednesday
As America's 1960 presidential campaign was beginning, President Eisenhower was asked to specify in which decisions of his administration Vice President Richard Nixon had played an influential role. Eisenhower said he couldn't think of any. "If you give me a week, I might think of one," he told reporters. With those damning words, Ike set the American standard for a president's undercutting the vice president who tries to succeed him.
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March 20, 2000 | ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After weeks of veiled threats from Beijing, Chinese citizens are waiting and wondering how their government will respond to the election Saturday of Chen Shui-bian as Taiwan's new president, an outcome China's leaders had indicated would be unacceptable. The government's only reaction so far occupied a tiny corner on most Chinese newspapers' front pages Sunday.
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March 18, 2000 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With this island's young democracy and its relationship with China in the spotlight, voters began flocking to the polls this morning to select a new president for only the second time in history. At stake are the survival of one of the world's longest-ruling political parties and the future of Taiwan's ties with the enormous--and hawkish--mainland that looms over its shoulder.
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February 22, 2000 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Turning up the heat as Taiwan prepares to pick a new president, China warned the island Monday that dragging out negotiations for reunification might provoke the mainland to attack. In a new policy paper, China's State Council, or Cabinet, said Beijing cannot wait "indefinitely" for the government in Taipei to come to the bargaining table. But the white paper stopped short of laying out a timeline for such talks to occur.
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December 15, 1999 | JIM MANN
Lee Teng-hui President Taiwan Dear President Lee: Political rhetoric, in our country and yours, is distinguished by exaggeration. But at a campaign rally last week about America's fears for Taiwan's coming elections, you came up with a real whopper, one that could easily mislead the 22 million people on your island. You should know that your whopper did not go unnoticed here in the U.S. You aren't even running in the elections next March. You're stepping down as Taiwan's president.
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August 18, 1999 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the end of China's bloody civil war 50 years ago, Chen Hsiu-ying left Shanghai in a desperate hurry, carrying only a suitcase with a few silk dresses, some hidden gold and her 3-month-old son in her arms. She was certain she'd be back soon. Chen and her soldier husband were fleeing with the defeated Nationalists to exile in Taiwan--an island across a narrow stretch of sea south of Shanghai.
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