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Taiwan youth to China: Treat us like a country

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 01:11

Taiwan's youth population is expected to play a major role in the upcoming presidential election. Julie Noce reports.

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Young voters in Taiwan are poised to change the political landscape of the country in next weekend's presidential elections. Massive and sometimes violent demonstrations by the country's politically minded activists have propelled the Democratic Progressive Party's candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, into first place ahead of voting. The youth movement and the DPP are united in their suspicion of mainland China. Huang Yen-ju is a former activists and now works for the DPP. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) THE BLACK ISLAND NATION YOUTH FRONT MEMBER, HUANG YEN-JU, SAYING: "When it comes to our life, there are many factors that make me realise I don't want to be governed by mainland China, including the freedom of speech, and our right to vote. We get to choose the representative democratic system that we desire. We don't want to be deprived of this right." The DPP party is detested in Beijing- the party's last candidate to hold office infuriated the Communist government. How the two will get along this time will be crucial to managing one of the world's most potentially dangerous relationships. China continues to aim hundreds of missiles at the island and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under control.

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Taiwan youth to China: Treat us like a country

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 01:11