Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen from the Democratic Progressive Party
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Taiwan election: What you need to know

Taiwan's presidential election on January 14 will be contested by the country's first ever female candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, along with veteran politician James Soong and the incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou.

Although Mr Ma won a landslide victory back in 2008, he now faces a tough fight from Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party.

BBC Chinese's Raymond Li explains who the candidates are and how the outcome could affect the country and the wider region.

  • 10 Jan 2012
  • From the section Asia
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