LIN YANG-KANG Lin Yang-kang was a former vice-chairman of the Kuomintang when he declared his bid to run against President Lee. He was expelled from the party after announcing he was running for the presidency. Mr Lin, 69, has called for a more conciliatory policy towards China than Mr Lee. He said that if elected he would go to China to hold talks on easing tensions. 'If I am elected president I will go to Beijing at once as the representative of the 21 million people of Taiwan and talk to communist China's leaders,' he said. One of the few native-born Taiwanese to have held important political positions, Mr Lin worked his way up from magistrate to interior minister and vice-premier.