Like many other people on the island they are split sharply along party lines Luo Jie-wu and Lin Xiu-chuan are in love, but election campaigns put their affection for each other to the test. Mr Luo, 41, and Ms Lin, 38, have three children, but they seldom spend time together these days. Taiwan's contentious presidential election has split the couple along party lines. 'We have a rule at home - we never talk about politics,' says Mr Luo. 'We don't even watch the same TV set. She watches the TV in the bedroom, while I watch in the living room. We like different news channels with different political interests. We can't stop arguing if we sit together. I don't even sit close to her these days.' Ms Lin smirks: 'I don't want him to sit near me, either.' A public liaison officer in Taoyuan, a town on the southern outskirts of Taipei, Mr Luo supports the Kuomintang and has voted KMT for years. His wife, a local tax bureau officer, has almost always voted for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The couple's split is symbolic of Taiwanese society. The island is divided along party lines, and the cause of the division is the mainland. For Mr Luo, there is no question that he will vote for the 'pan-blue' team of KMT chairman Lien Chan and his vice-presidential candidate, People First Party chairman James Soong Chu-yu 'They have a vision for creating peace with the mainland, and I like that,' says Mr Luo. 'I'm also voting against the referendum. It's asking us whether we should buy more anti-missiles defences, and I believe it's an unnecessary question to ask and only provokes the mainland to attack us. 'Taiwan and China share the same blood ties, and whether we like it or not, we have to learn to live with China.' Ms Lin cannot help but criticise her husband. 'Many people here are brainwashed to think this way - that we are 100 per cent traditional Chinese,' says Ms Lin, who is voting for the 'pan-green' DPP team of incumbent President Chen Shui-bian and Vice-President Annette Lu Hsiu-lien. The son of a retired KMT soldier and a Taiwanese mother, Mr Luo is symbolic of the 4 million or so Taiwanese of mainland extraction, whose families moved to Taiwan in 1949 after the KMT lost the civil war to the communists. Ms Lin is the daughter of native Taiwanese parents and she and most of her family members feel strongly that they should support the DPP and Mr Chen, a native son of the island, who advocates an independent Taiwan. '[China] has 500 missiles pointed at me, and why shouldn't I consider you my enemy?' Ms Lin says. 'I think this is very funny. If the communists aren't my enemy, what are they? 'My entire family lives in Taiwan, and one day while we're sleeping someone pushes a button and within a few minutes the missiles land on us, and who will they hurt? They will hurt us or someone close to us.'