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according, activists, credibility, deprive, housing, mainland, opposition, outrage, predecessor, presidential

Ma the bumbler

A former heart-throb loses his shine
Nov 17th 2012 | TAIPEI | from the print edition

source: The Economist

WHEN he was first elected in 2008, Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, offered Taiwanese high hopes that the island’s economy would open a new chapter. He promised ground-breaking agreements with China to help end Taiwan’s growing economic marginalisation. At the time, Mr Ma’s image was of a clean technocrat able to rise above the cronyism and infighting of his party, the Kuomintang (KMT). He was a welcome contrast to his fiery and pro-independence predecessor, Chen Shui-bian, now in jail for corruption.

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 contrast第四級[動詞] 使對比,使對照; [名詞] 對比,對照
 corruption第六級[名詞] 墮落;腐化;貪污;賄賂
 economic第四級[形容詞] 經濟上的;經濟學的
 economy第四級[名詞] 節約,節省
 ground第四級[動詞] 使擱淺;使停飛;依靠,根據,基於; grind(磨(碎)) 的過去式及過去分詞; [名詞] 地面
 predecessor第六級[名詞] 前任;祖先
 throb第六級[動詞] (心臟;脈搏等)跳動;抽動;抽痛; [名詞] 跳動;悸動;抽動;抽痛