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Taiwan votes for president in battle for identity

Voters in Taiwan are set to elect a Beijing-sceptic president on January 16, 2016 as they take the latest step in a dramatic democratic journey, carving their own political path against China's wishesTaiwan is expected to turn its back on closer ties with China when it votes for a new president on Saturday, in an election symbolising the island’s battle for identity. As citizens prepare to go to the polls, many frustrated Taiwanese are calling for change as fears grow over China’s increasing influence, casting a gloom exacerbated by economic woes. Current president Ma Ying-jeou was voted in by a landslide eight years ago, promising prosperity through warmer relations with Beijing.

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