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2A -The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 20, 2000

NATION/WORLD

Progressive wins Taiwanese election

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Chen Shui-bian, vilified by
China as a radical who would thrust Taiwan toward
independence and war, won Taiwan's presidential elec-
tion Saturday, trouncing the candidate of the party that
has ruled this island for more than half a century.
Beijing deeply distrusts Chen because his Democra-
tic Progressive Party favors taking Taiwan from de-
facto to formal independence and making the
51-year-old split with China permanent.
But the president-elect, who has softened his stance
on independence to appeal to nervous voters, immedi-
ately pledged to seek dialogue with Beijing.
China's first response to Chen's win was that it
a- would wait to see how he would handle relations. The

election results "will not change the status of Taiwan
as a part of China," the government said in a statement
issued by state media.
China has repeatedly threatened to wage war to
block formal independence by Taiwan, which it has
considered a renegade province since Chiang Kai-
shek's Nationalists fled to the island after the Commu-
nist takeover of the mainland in 1949.
A conflict could quickly involve the United States,
which has hinted it would defend the island, slightly
larger than Massachusetts and Connecticut combined.
Fireworks crackled and air horns blared as Chen
took the victory stage in Taipei and assured tens of
thousands of supporters he wants peace with Beijing.

"I hope we can use closer cooperation and
exchanges and use patience and respect and together
Chinese society can create a peaceful and happy new
century," Chen said.
The son of a poor sugar cane laborer whose worka-
holic ways earned him a law degree at Taiwan's top
university and won him the post of Taipei mayor, Chen.
entered politics by defending dissidents during Tai-
wan's martial law era.
In Washington, President Clinton congratulated
Chen and urged a renewal of dialogue between China
and Taiwan that Beijing suspended in 1995. Chen's
win "clearly demonstrates the strength and vitality of
Taiwan's democracy," Clinton said in a statement.

Gunfire breaks out in hostage situation
DUNDALK, Wd.;- A murder suspect holding three people h<stage for
a third day fired sihots out a window yesterday evening after several hours
of calm following a morning burst of gunfire.
Authorities tried to avoid agitating the suspect, who was believed to be
watching the ordeal'on television.
Joseph Palczynski had been on the run since March 7, when police sao
he kidnapped his girlfriend, Tracy Whitehead, and killed the couple she
was staying with and a neighbor. A fourth person was killed and a boy
was wounded wham Palczynski allegedly carjacked a vehicle, police said.
Whitehead escaped unharmed; police would not disclose her where-
abouts. Palczynski later fled to Virginia, where he stole guns and forced a
man to drive him back to Baltimore County.
Five bursts of gunfire yesterday morning were the first signs of activity
since Palczynski took Whitehead's mother and two others hostage Friday
night. At least six rounds were fired from the home Sunday evening.
No injuries were reported and police did not return fire.

PROTEST
Continued from Page 1A
government. We need to express our
voice," Wang said. "Taiwan is civilized
and has a system run by the people. It
took the Taiwanese two or three decades
to get where they are."
For the Taiwanese, Li said, China's
threats of military action are not surpris-
ing.
"Four years ago before Taiwan's first
presidential election, China held missile
-tests aiming within 60 miles of Taiwan
and declared that it would attack if Tai-

wan declared independence;' Li said.
"China uses its power to intimidate
the small and promote its imperialistic
ideals," he added.
"Living in this country we take our
democracy for granted. Less than 20
years ago Taiwan was under martial law.
Now it has blossomed into a stable
democracy. Such an achievement
should be applauded, not neglected," Li
said.
RC senior Oliver Chen said MTSA's
main message to China is "keep your
hands off us." Chen said Taiwan is an
independent country. "China has never

governed us, and it's wrong for them to
say we can't have a democracy" Chen
said.
Eighty-three percent of the 15 million
registered voters turned out. Chen Shui-
bian of the Democratic Progressive
Party, who had been painted as an
"independence radical" by the Chinese
government, won with 39 percent of the
vote.
Shui-bian's lack of support from the
majority of the country created concern
among Taiwanese voters, who fear he
won't be able to protect the country
from Chinese attacks.

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In Shui-bian's first address to the
Taiwanese people, he promised to seek
dialogue with Beijing and stressed that
he would be willing to go to the main-
land and meet with the Chinese lead-
ers.
President Clinton congratulated Shui-
bian and suggested a renewal of dia-
logue between China and Taiwan that
was suspended in 1995.
Shui-bian's win "clearly demon-
strates the strength and vitality of Tai-
wan's democracy," Clinton said.
The Associated Press
contributed to this report.
DEBATE
Continued from Page 1A
"My platform is about cheap text-
books, lowering tuition, getting bet-
ter quality food and improving the
bus system," Tsutsumi said. "It is
important to focus on only a few
issues, so I wouldn't spend much
time on parking:"
Roe said parking is an issue stu-
dents need to be concerned with.
"Parking is an issue on this cam-
pus. They're going to be cutting the
green lot, which is the free parking
area. Next year we'll address this,"
Roe said.
Galaxor Nebulon, who is running
for president with the FRAT Party,
and Erika Dowdell from DAAP
were asked how they thought MSA
handled the Students of Color
Coalition's sit-in protest against the
senior society Michigamua.
Nebulon began to tell a story
about a girl attending a movie with
her parents but was repeatedly cut
off by the debate moderator, LSA
freshman Matt Engelberg, for talk-
ing too long and having no point.
Nebulon said he did have a point.
"You can't take everything at face
value. Look a little deeper."
Dowdell said she thought the
assembly handled the situation cor-
rectly.
"MSA did its job well. The
administration did not. The Univer-
sity was more concerned with
receiving donations. Michigamua
should not be guaranteed space by
the University," Dowdell said.
The debate ended with each can-
didate giving a brief final state-
ment.
"We are serious about fun," Neb-
ulon said.
Dowdell said "MSA must be pre-
pared to handle the growing civil
rights movement and the right to
equality for everyone."
Stewart said the All Peoples'
Party is dedicated to creating an all
inclusive University.
"The Blue Party is very diverse
- we're not focusing on one
issue, we're focusing on many,
Roe said.
Tsutsumi said now is the time to
make college better, adding that he
can accomplish that by helping all
students save money.
Diamond closed the event by say-
ing, the Wolverine Party has stu-
dents that want to "bring student
government back to life."

Ford, Hyde criticize
NRA comments
WASH INGTON - Former Presi-
dent Ford and the House Judiciary
Committee chairman distanced them-
selves Sunday from the National Rifle
Association's verbal broadside against
President Clinton, saying the rhetoric
made a deal on gun safety legislation
more difficult.
Ford said gun coitrol requires "rea-
sonable compromise," adding on ABC's
"This Week": "You an't take the hard-
}ine, NRA position -that's a loser."
The groin's exe-.ative vice presi-
dent, Wayne LaPierre, remained unre-
pentant about his c rge last week that
the president is "wiling to accept a
certain levil of killig to further his
political agenda"
"My mom and di even called and
said, Are you sure about this?"'
LaPierie said on "F~* News Sunday."
Asked if he wanted to take back his
words, LaPierre said: "No apology."
"I stand by my comments that if
this administration would enforce the
federal law, they'd save lives, and
they're not doing it," he told NBC's
"Meet the Press."

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AROUND THE WORLD
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Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), chairman
of the House Judiciary Committee,
said LaPierre's statement about Clin-
ton was not "terribly helpful to trying
to reach a consensus on a very diffi-
cult issue."
Test re-enacts 1993
Waco siege, fire
KILLEEN, Texas - Aircraft circled,
tanks rumbled and combat-garbed
shooters fired off rounds at a Texas mili-
tary base yesterday in a high-stakes field
test to resolve whether federal agents
shot at the Branch Davidians in the wan-
ing moments of the 1993 Waco staricIa3l:
The test's participants, emering
from the tightly controlled, nonpublic
test conducted at Fort Hood, said the
demonstration had gone well.
"The test today went smoothly, b4*
we're really kind of limitedr ight.;ow
as to what we can share with you," said
U.S. Attorney Mike Bradford, one of
the government's lead lawyers in ongo-
ing Branch Davidian litigation.
Government officials have always
insisted that their forces fired no shots
on the siege's final day, when the FBI
launched a tear-gassing operation
designed to end the 51-day standoff.

Cult comUts mass
suicide in Uganda

Didas said, standing a short dis-
tance from where charred bodies
lay spread across the floor of a
120-foot by 30-foot structure.

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KANUNGU, Ugaida - Rutemba Circumstances surrounding-the
Didas heard what sounded like an deaths - who the dead were and how4
explosion, then saw black smoke bil- the fire was started - remain foggy.
lowing from the brick structure on a Little was known about the cult,
hilltop compound vwhere members of although it appeared to incorporate
a religious cult had been living for Christian beliefs and localfarmers said
several years. it was led by a former prostitute.
The farmer and his neighbors Chinto ViSitS India
heard screams ccrning from the
chapel, but they coiuldn't get close to help ease tensions
tothe new building inside the com-
pound where membiers of the Move- NEW DELHI, India - Presider
ment for the Restoration of Ten Clinton opened the first visit byeA
Commandments of Zlod lived in this American President to South Asia in 22
remote corner of southwestern years yesterday night, hoping to curb the
Uganda. nuclear-weapon rivalry between India
Police said yesterday it may take and Pakistan and cool territorial tein-
them a week to determine how many sions in "perhaps the most dangerous
people died in the Friday morning place in the world today."
fire, but they believe there were as White House spokesman Joe Lock-
many as 470 victims of mass suicide hart said a visit to the rural village of
or mass murder. Joypura was canceled "because of con-
"We did not see any person run- cerns raised by the Secret Service."
ning away. We really don't know
what happened to the leaders," -CompiledfomDaily wirereporf
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