China keeps close eye on Taiwan elections

  • 13 January 2012
  • From the section Asia
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The Chinese speaking world is gearing up for major political change this year. More than 60 years on from the civil war that split China and Taiwan, both face leadership changes.

In the autumn, China, with its 1.3 billion people will see the Communist Party select a new generation of leaders behind closed doors. Taiwan, with just 24 million, is just 100 miles offshore. It's still claimed by China, but has developed a robust democracy. Taiwan holds elections this weekend. And many in China are watching closely.