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Science  24 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5461, pp. 2127-2129
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5461.2127b

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TOKYO-- Last week's election of Chen Shui-bian as president of Taiwan may have a major impact on Academia Sinica, the island's premier collection of research institutes. Its leader, Nobel laureate Lee Yuan-tseh, is being tipped as a possible premier in the new government or as a special envoy to Beijing. But, given Chen's strong stance on Taiwan's independence, some researchers worry that China could react to a government led by the two men by curtailing research collaborations.