"Taiwan independence is a road with a dead end!"The leader of the PFP has not specified whether he will run for president in 2008. He lost to Chen in 2000, and again in 2004 as running mate of KMT's leader Lien Chan. Is Soong eyeing this Saturday's National Assembly election as a short-term political goal? With popular debate focused on China, the poll is shaping up to be a vote on the different parties' mainland policies. Lien Chan visited the mainland last month, the first KMT leader to do so since Mao Zedong's Communists drove Chiang Kai-shek from power in 1949 and into exile on Taiwan. Soong could not hope to match the dramatic or historic impact of Lien's visit, which managed to end nearly 60 years of enmity with Beijing. Nonetheless, Soong is being feted by Chinese officials and is scheduled to meet Hu Jintao on Thursday. It remains to be seen how Soong's tactics of stressing his Chinese roots and his desire for unification will play with voters at home. Soong faces rising pressure from moderates who want him to reconcile with Beijing and boost trade.