l Whenever there is an islandwide election in Taiwan, politically sensitive issues, e.g. Taiwan’s participation in the United Nations (UN) and its affiliated organizations, are likely to be manipulated for political purposes. The presidential election in January 2012 is no exception.
l Candidates and political parties need an “occasional spark” to energize core supporters and broaden grassroots appeal to break away from the closest rival.
l No one should be surprised that issues related to Taiwan’s international space would invariably find a way into Taiwan’s emotion-laden campaigns, especially in a close contest like the upcoming presidential election.
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