TAIPEI, Taiwan — Voters were deciding today whether to stick with a party that has struggled to improve ties with rival China or switch to one promising peace with the island's giant neighbor.
Just two weeks ago, opposition candidate Ma Ying-jeou seemed ready to cruise to victory, promising to improve relations with China and work toward a common market.
But ruling party candidate Frank Hsieh appears to have been closing the gap, using the last day of campaigning to fan outrage over China's crackdown in Tibet.
Hsieh warns the crackdown could be replicated in Taiwan, which split from the mainland in 1949. Beijing still considers the island part of its territory and has threatened to attack if Taiwan rejects unification.
"If Ma is elected, Taiwan's future will be in danger," Hsieh told a cheering crowd at a rally Friday in the southern city of Chiayi.