The independence party DPP today successfully organized a protest linking hands down the length of Taiwan--all 310 miles of it--in defiance of Beijing's one-China policy. Between Chen Shui-bian (DPP) and Lien Chan (KMT & UChicago grad!), it's looking close.
In related news, I just learned that the Jesuits were commissioned by the Ching dynasty to make the first maps of Taiwan using Western cartography. A.M.D.G.!