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China looms behind KMT's choice of Hou as presidential nominee

Trips by Ma and Tsai spotlight island's dilemmas on mainland policy

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The KMT confirmed New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih as its presidential candidate on May 17: He has said he neither supports Taiwan's independence nor Beijing's "One Country, Two Systems" formula.   © Reuters

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the think tank RAND Corp. in Santa Monica, California, and adjunct professor in the practice of political science and international relations at the University of Southern California. He formerly served as an intelligence adviser at the Pentagon.

The Taiwanese people recently endured an awkward and highly political split-screen view of the rival China policies of the island's two main parties.

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