Taiwan's Ma wins poll

22/03/2008 - 12:52

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan opposition party candidate Ma Ying-jeou won the island's presidential election on Saturday, according to official results, auguring improved trade ties with archrival China in one of the world's hottest potential flashpoints.

With all the votes counted Ma won the race with 58 percentof the vote, compared to 42 percent for opponent Frank Hsieh,of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

Ma favours closer economic and political ties with China,which claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own and has neverrenounced the use of force to bring the island under itscontrol.

Hsieh campaigned for closer economic ties with China, buthis party favours formal independence.

(Reporting by Taiwan newsroom, Editing by Nick Macfie)

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