13 Jan '12, 3pm

Taiwan's presidential candidates make final push for votes

Taiwan's presidential candidates make final push for votes

Taiwan President and Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou gestures as he delivers a speech during a campaign rally for the 2012 presidential election in Taipei on Jan 13, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTRES TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's presidential candidates were winding up a packed last day of campaigning on Friday, wooing floating voters who will decide the outcome of a tight race watched intensely in Beijing and Washington. The choice in Saturday's vote is essentially between the incumbent Ma Ying-jeou, who has overseen four years of improved ties with China, and his main challenger Tsai Ing-wen, a sceptic on closer mainland relations. 'The United States (US) and China are both sitting on the edge of their chairs nervous about the outcome of this upcoming election in Taiwan,' the former de facto US ambassador to Taiwan, Mr Douglas Paal, told the CTI news channel....

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