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Chen Shui-bian

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Born: 1951 AD
Currently alive, at 63 years of age.

Nationality: Taiwanese
Categories: Political Leader, Politician

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1951 - Born on the 18th of February in Tainan County, Taiwan.

1981 - First ran for public office and won a seat on the Taipei City Council.

1989 - 1994 - Later served in Taiwan's legislature.

1994 - Elected as mayor of Taipei.

1998 - He was defeated in his bid for reelection.

2000 - The loss freed him to pursue the DPP's presidential nomination.

       - He halted construction of a nuclear power plant, angering members of the KMT-controlled legislature.

2001 -  In the ensuing political crisis, the country's economy faltered as investor confidence waned. Chen relented in February.

2002 - The relationship between his government and China had soured over his reluctance to develop closer economic ties with China and his return to proindependence rhetoric.

2004 - He prepared to run for reelection, he made further moves toward independence, including a redesign of the country's passport that used the word Taiwan on its cover.

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