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Wang "William" Liqiang, the self-proclaimed former Chinese spy who fled to Australia, surfaced again ahead of the Taiwan election. (Nikkei Montage/ Source photo by Getty Images and Akira Kodaka) 
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'China spy' and a last-ditch attempt to swing Taiwan's election

With island's 'pro-China' constituency shrinking, Beijing senses trouble

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | Taiwan

TAIPEI -- Behind the scenes of Taiwan's presidential electioneering, an international plot is said to have been brewing.

It was to serve as a last-minute bombshell that could have turned the tables and offer pro-Beijing candidate Han Kuo-yu of the main opposition Chinese Nationalist Party a chance to stage a come-from-behind victory.

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