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The people of Taiwan have become obsessed with a scandal that involves a self-proclaimed Chinese spy, their country's elections and booksellers in Hong Kong. (Nikkei montage/ Source photos by Getty Images and Reuters)
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'China spy' spills secrets that rattle Taiwan and Hong Kong

Investigation has potential to sway elections and regional power game

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | Taiwan

TAIPEI -- On Sunday morning, as voting began in Hong Kong's district council elections, where pro-democracy forces were about to score a historic victory, Taiwan was buzzing with a new scandal. 

At a convenience store in Taipei, a shop attendant continued to point to a corner of the shop, directing customers to the place that all of them were looking for. The shelf with the day's newspaper piled up.

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