'I've voted for DPP candidates in the last few elections and would have voted for Peng Ming-min, but I'll probably vote for President Lee Teng-hui this time as it's too risky to change leaders now,' said a shop owner. Voters like this are the prime targets of the final mobilisation effort launched by the presidential campaign of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for former political exile Dr Peng less than a week before Saturday' poll. 'The next seven days will witness a crusade by the Taiwanese people to challenge the corrupt Kuomintang regime and to solidify a consensus to resist Chinese aggression,' said DPP legislator Yeh Chu-lan. DPP campaign leaders noted that as incumbent KMT candidate, Mr Lee has gained both from Beijing's unintended reaffirmation of his image as a protector of Taiwanese interests and from a reluctance to switch presidents during a crisis. The DPP campaign so far has highlighted the fact that Dr Peng, author of the prescient 1964 Declaration of Taiwan Self-Salvation, is the only candidate not from the ruling KMT camp and the only clear opponent of unification. But a senior DPP campaign staffer noted that 'all too many Taiwanese voters draw a line of demarcation between the KMT and Mr Lee, as he is Taiwan-born and had a long power struggle with the mainlander-dominated KMT old guard, like Lin Yang-kang and Hau Pei-tsun,' two former KMT vice-chairmen now running on an independent ticket. 'Many Taiwanese voters don't see the KMT's dependence on gangs and money politics and corruption as linked with Mr Lee,' he said. 'Mr Lee will win for sure thanks to the Chinese exercises and the KMT's control of the media. Nevertheless, DPP leaders hope for a strong second-place finish. 'We are recouping votes now as the sense of crisis is easing and as people are adjusting and as the threat from the Lin-Hau ticket is clearly fading,' said one.