A SMALL group of Hong Kong supporters began celebrating Mr Chen's victory more than two hours before the official announcement that he had won. More than 100 observers - mostly older Taiwanese and Hong Kong residents - packed a conference room at the Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Centre, the unofficial Taiwanese embassy. As the results rolled in, a Taiwanese student told how he was so confident Mr Chen would win that he did not even bother to vote. Chang Shu-wei, a fourth-year student at Chu Hai College, said: 'It's not just a victory for Chen Shui-bian and the Democratic Progressive Party, it's a victory for Chinese all over the world.' Jensen Chung Chen-sheng of San Francisco University, a visiting professor at Baptist University, said young voters had chosen Mr Chen because they were eager for change. His colleague, Baptist University economics professor Paul Lau Sau-him, said Hong Kong people could learn from the democratic election process. The head of the centre, Susie Chiang Su-hui, said: 'There's no doubt tension between Taiwan and the mainland will be high. It'll be a tough road for Chen Shui-bian to carry out his duty. 'I think Chen's change of tone on Taiwan independence in the last couple days has had an effect on the outcome.'