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Li Fan of the World and China Institute, a small Beijing organisation, says that these mainland expressions of support for Ms Tsai were a mark of dissatisfaction with the Communist Party and indicated a desire for opposition politics at home. Mr Li led a rare delegation of mainland academics to observe the Taiwan elections. His five companions were all first-time visitors to the island and were amazed by its politics. “They never thought Taiwan was so free and democratic”, Mr Li enthuses. “It had a very powerful effect on them.” He says the polls give the lie to the Communist Party's notion that democracy begets chaos.
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“Most Taiwanese elections have been contentious,” said Rosen, who has observed Taiwanese presidential elections since 1991. “This election features two candidates who are much more moderate. The extremes are not there. There have been a number of incidents (including the resignation of Taiwan’s finance minister on March 13), but they have been below the top of the ticket.”
Chinese efforts to influence Taiwanese election are also not new, as seen in the , , and presidential elections, tapering off when the expectation of KMT victory in elections from 2008-2012 made such efforts largely unnecessary. Xi Jinping thus must be fully aware of the potential that any Chinese action could influence Taiwanese elections counter to their preferences as seen prior to the Ma election.BEIJING—The leaders of China and Taiwan will meet on Saturday for the first time since the two governments split in 1949 at the end of the Chinese civil war, in a clear sign of Beijing’s concerns about upcoming Taiwanese elections.