A China-friendly Taiwanese presidential candidate has been quoted as saying Beijing opposes his candidacy because it fears it could dig into support for President Ma Ying-jeou, Beijing's widely presumed favorite.
The statement was attributed to veteran Taiwanese politician James Soong, and published Monday in an interview with Next Magazine. A Soong spokesman said that Beijing "disagreed with Soong's candidacy" in the Jan. 14 elections but would not elaborate.
Soong left Ma's Nationalist Party to run as an independent in the presidential elections in 2000. The split cost the Nationalists the election and thrust a pro-independence figure into power _ much to Beijing's chagrin.