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Embattled Chen tops newsmakers' list

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 December, 2006, 12:00am


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Scandal-plagued Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has dominated the media on both sides of the Taiwan Strait during the past year, a City University survey has found.

Coming second on the list of the top 25 personalities was President Hu Jintao , followed by former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi.

Chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen was nowhere to be seen on the overall list. He managed only second on the list compiled in Hong Kong, behind Mr Chen.

Late Communist Party chairman Mao Zedong managed seventh, more than 30 years after his death.

Released yesterday, the personality roster was compiled by the university's language information sciences research centre.

The top newsmakers were gauged on their appearances in leading Chinese-language newspapers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai and Beijing.

'Mr Tsang ranked No 2 in the Hong Kong roster,' said researcher Olivia Kwong Oi-yee. 'But perhaps he was not often mentioned by the press in Taiwan or mainland China. So he was not in the top 25.'

She also said the rankings in different places showed the different tastes of readers in different Chinese-speaking communities.

The Hong Kong roster maintained its usual focus on showbiz, with entertainment personalities taking two of the top 10 places. Singer-actor Andy Lau Tak-wah ranked eighth, and veteran TV show host Lydia Shum Din-ha ninth.

The chairman of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang, Ma Ying-jeou, was third on the Hong Kong list, one ahead of Mr Hu.

The Beijing roster was dominated by local politicians, with the top three Mr Hu, Premier Wen Jiabao and the chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, Wu Bangguo .

Two foreign leaders - US President George W. Bush and his Russian counterpar Vladimir Putin - made it to the top 10.

The Taiwanese roster was also occupied by politicians, with Mr Chen coming first and Mr Ma second. Wang Chien-ming, a Taiwan-born baseball player who made it with the New York Yankees as a starting pitcher, came in third.

Shanghai's focus was on sport, placing star hurdler Liu Xiang first. Basketball star Yao Ming was second, and in third place was retired French soccer player Zinedine Zidane.


Top personalities in each of the four communities


1st Chen Shui-bian

2 Donald Tsang Yam-kuen

3 Ma Ying-jeou

4 Hu Jintao

5 Anson Chan Fang On-sang

6 Henry Fok Ying-tung

7 George W. BUsh

8 Andy Lau Tak-wah

9 Lydia Shum Din-ha

10 Ching Cheong


1 Hu Jintao

2 Wen Jiabao

3 Wu Bangguo

4 Jia Qinglin

5 George W. Bush


1 Liu Xiang

2 Yao Ming

3 Zinedine Zidane

4 George W. Bush

5 Wu Jingui


1 Chen Shui-bian

2 Ma Ying-jeou

3 Wang Chien-ming

4 Su Tseng-chang

5 Wu Shu-chen

Source: City University