Taiwan's Chu to take over ruling party, seen balancing China policy

January 15, 2015 4:17 AM

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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Eric Chu will take over as leader of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) on Saturday, inheriting an unpopular party seen as favoring big business and the mainland at a time of growing scepticism about ties with Beijing.

Chu, 53, faces a balancing act - being seen to distance himself from the mainland to win back domestic support but not so much as to alarm Beijing's leaders and damage burgeoning commercial ties.

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