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Lin Chen-che, legislator of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang, displays a helicopter with a Taiwanese flag and jet with a Chinese flag as he called for both Taiwan and China not to engage in a new arms race. (Ke Cheng-Hui - AFP)
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Chen Dealt Setback In Taiwan Election
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Dec. 11 -- Taiwanese voters Saturday decided not to give President Chen Shui-bian the legislative majority he had sought in a hard-fought campaign as reinforcement for his leadership and endorsement of his plans to edge the self-ruled island closer to independence.

Politics Puts Hold on Taiwan Arms Purchase
TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 10 -- A proposed $18.2 billion purchase of U.S. weapons by Taiwan has bogged down in the island's hard-fought electoral politics despite repeated warnings from the Bush administration that the new arms are imperative to bolster defenses against China.

In the News
Taiwanese Lawmakers Approve Independence Referendum (Post, Nov. 27, 2003; 4:19 PM)

Madame Chiang Kai-shek Dies at 105 (Post, Oct. 24, 2003)

China Ready for Leap Into Orbit: Manned Spaceflight Would Put Country in Elite Club (Post, Oct. 9, 2003)

SARS Shows WHO Disease Hunters' Skills, and Limits (Post, May 31, 2003)

Taiwan Bidding To Join WHO: Efforts to Control SARS Are Cited (Post, May 10, 2003)

World: In Brief (Post, April 19, 2003)

FBI Assesses Potential Spy Damage: Congress Told FBI Probes Dating From at Least 1991 Under Review (Post, April 12, 2003)

Two Charged in Export Case: Military Gear Allegedly Was to Be Shipped to Iran (Post, March 5, 2003)

Taiwanese Airliner Lands in China for First Time Since 1949 (Post, Jan. 26, 2003)

China Suggests Missile Buildup Linked to Arms Sales to Taiwan (Post, Dec. 10, 2002)

China Signs Accords With Asian Group on Disputed Territory, Free Trade (Post, Nov. 5, 2002)

China Embraces More Moderate Foreign Policy: Analysts Say Moves Show New Confidence (Post, Oct. 24, 2002)

Wife of Taiwan's President Leaves For U.S. Visit (Post, Sept. 20, 2002)

WASHINGTON IN BRIEF (Post, Sept. 11, 2002)

WASHINGTON IN BRIEF (Post, Sept. 6, 2002)

Crisis Eases in Taiwan Strait: Taiwanese President's Speech Could Have Long-Term Effects (Post, Aug. 9, 2002; 3:13 PM)

China Warns Taiwan Military Action Possible (Post, Aug. 7, 2002)

China Buildup Said to Target Taiwan, U.S.: Pentagon Says Beijing's Military Spending Increases Options for Missile Attacks (Post, July 13, 2002)

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