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Taiwan's president shot. March Madness taking on a whole new meaning

by Mary Kay / March 19, 2004 4:00 AM PST
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Link produces a blank page in N7 and Opera7, works only with IE and ...

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and then only barely. Don't know what my probem is. Here ia copy and paste of part of the article if anyone else is having a problem getting the page to open.


TAIPEI, Taiwan - President Chen Shui-bian survived an assassination attempt on Friday while campaigning on the eve of a presidential election, escaping with a bullet wound to the stomach.

Vice President Annette Lu was also wounded in the attack in the southern city of Tainan but was not badly hurt, officials said. The pair were rushed to hospital, but a hospital official said later that they had left to fly back to the capital.

Officials said Saturday?s election would go ahead as planned. Opposition presidential candidate Lien Chan paid a brief visit to Chen at his official Taipei residence on Friday evening.

?He is resting,? Lien told reporters afterwards. ?We wished the president a speedy recovery and gave him a box of ginseng.?

Chen and Lu had been travelling through Tainan streets in a red open-top jeep, waving to crowds, when unknown assailants shot at them at 1.45 p.m. (12:45 a.m. ET).

Police said they believed two standard handguns had been used and at least two shots fired. City police later offered a T$3 million (U.S. $90,000) reward for information leading to the capture of the two assailants.

No official reaction from China
More than six hours after the shooting, China?s official Xinhua news agency carried a terse factual report on the incident but the Chinese authorities had no official reaction. Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province to be recovered, by force if necessary.

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That's shocking, and what's worse is that

I didn't see any reference to it in our news nor Sky news.

Thanks for the post.

Ian

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