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China-friendly Soong spices up Taiwan presidential race

TAIPEI -- James Soong Chu-yu, the charismatic, China-friendly leader of the opposition People First Party, on Aug. 6 officially entered Taiwan's presidential race. Although he is unlikely to seriously challenge front-runner Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, he could embarrass the ruling Nationalists' pro-Beijing candidate, Hung Hsiu-chu, who is struggling in opinion polls.

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