With almost blushing enthusiasm, state-controlled China Daily reported Taipei's Mayor Ma Ying-jeou's announced bid for the leadership of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang party, observing that the KMT hoped "the handsome, articulate and savvy Ma" would pump new life into the party. The newspaper then said Ma "pledged to seek reunification with China" but what he actually said fell far short of that: "As long as Taiwan does not push for independence … we can push to sign a midterm agreement for 50 years of peace and economic cooperation."
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