Taiwan's New Promise

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Celebrating Ma: Expectations in Taiwan are high that he will deliver

A few months ago I passed through the central Taiwan city of Taichung and had dinner with its refreshingly down-to-earth Mayor Jason Hu, a former Foreign Minister. Later that Saturday night, Hu, sans entourage, and I took an impromptu walk in a park in a gentrified neighborhood bustling with trendy new shops and eateries. While we strolled, grown-ups came up to shake Hu's hand, embrace him and wish him well, and children jostled to have their pictures taken with him. The atmosphere was jovial — it was clear that Taichung's citizens were very fond of Hizzoner. That's because Hu,...

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