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In 1949, Mao Tse tung's communist forces conquered the mainland. The defeated Chiang Kai shek and his Kuomintang, or Nationalist, party fled to Taiwan, where they ruled as a government in exile hoping to one day reclaim the mainland.

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But Chen also made political hay, declaring that Taiwan, which was expelled from the United Nations in 1971, should be given a voice in the international community. It played well back in Taiwan, where Chen faced re election. That trip, however, and other episodes, have cooled the relationship between Chen and Washington, Rigger said.

last summer and fall demanding he resign from his office before his second term ends next year.

Chen flew into San Francisco International Airport Monday afternoon for a quick stay en route to Nicaragua, one of a handful of small countries that officially recognize Taiwan. government hoping to avoid ruffling China's feathers put a quick stop to those plans.

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House of Representatives passed a resolution welcoming Chen.

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"Sometimes you have to fight," he said. "The power struggle is very tough."

In 2000, the Democratic Progressive Party, which leans more toward independence, won the presidency, ending the Nationalists' unbroken rule. And Taiwan's internal political divisions, never very civil, suddenly became highly vocal and Fendi Monster Backpack Green visible. State Department nixed Chen's plans this week to meet the press and for a formal dinner with local Taiwanese Americans who are members of Chen's party, Taiwan officials said.

James Chung, executive director of a coalition of opposition parties in the Bay Area, helped lead a protest outside the St. Regis Hotel, where Chen was expected to spend the night. "We are against the corruption and polices of the president," he said. "But I'm not against my country, the Republic of China."

A little bit of Taiwan's vibrant democracy in which food fights and fist fights between political partisans are not uncommon spilled onto the streets of San Francisco Monday during a one day "transit" stop of the divisive and embattled President Chen Shui bian. China is sure to take umbrage. And Taiwan's mud slinging politics, closely followed by the Bay Area's large Taiwanese population, can spill out onto the streets.


On the international stage, Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China, poses one of the more complicated diplomatic dilemmas for the United States, which plays varied roles: the island's benefactor, protector and, sometimes, scold, observed Shelley Rigger, a Taiwan scholar at Davidson College in North Carolina.

For decades, Washington has tried to placate China, which views Taiwan as its territory, by not officially recognizing the island. to pass through Alaska during his trip to Latin America in May a not so subtle reprimand for the politician known for causing Washington grief for his regular verbal jabs at cross strait rival, Fendi Peekaboo Wave

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On the island of 22 million people, the "confrontation is very severe" between the warring political factions, said Larry Wang, one of the leaders of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Chen's party. He joined others on a bus that left Cupertino at mid day Monday for San Francisco to welcome the president.

"When Chen has been permitted unofficial transit visits, he has exceeded the agreed upon limits," Rigger said. "And he has created embarrassment for the United States with its dealings with Beijing. They are not supposed to do press events, they are not supposed to do anything that would be consistent with a visit by a head of state."

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"The relationship between the United States and Taiwan is much better," said local DPP leader Wang. He believes Chen has toned down his rhetoric lately, including talk about creating a new constitution, which particularly upsets China. "The Bush administration is very sensitive about this issue," he said.

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´╗┐in which food fights and fist fights between political partisans are not uncommon

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Though the stopover's limitations grate on Chen's local supporters, they are nonetheless excited he's here. After all, they are used to the rough and tumble politics of the island, where Chen's wife, Wu Shu chen, is facing corruption charges in a sensational trial. Chen faced large protests Fendi Bag Small

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The two Chinas have been at odds for years.

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