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Taiwanese president acts tough

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Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (center, front row) raises his fist with government representatives and members of Taiwan's navy while posing for photos during a ceremony to launch a squadron of locally manufactured ships with missile capabilities at a naval base in the northeastern city of Suao on April 7. President Ma Ying-jeou, who presided over the ceremony, vowed to continue a military buildup amid China's perceived military threat despite the fast warming ties between Taipei and former bitter rival Beijing since he came to power in 2008, beefing up trade links and allowing in more Chinese tourists.