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Taiwan-Hong Kong solidarity will be a thorn in China's side

Protesters went to Taipei to learn how to run free democratic elections

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Hong Kong protesters hold a banner to ask for the support during Tsai's campaign event in Taipei on Jan. 10: Tsai may come under pressure to provide legal support for Hong Kong refugees in Taiwan.   © Reuters

"Taiwan, let's go! Hong Kong, let's go!" These chants rang out in the streets of Taipei in the hours after Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen was reelected in a historic victory on January 11. Tsai's supporters were joined in celebration by visiting Hong Kongers, marching together with five fingers in the air to represent the five demands from the Hong Kong protests.

This growing solidarity between Taiwan and Hong Kong will be a headache for the Chinese Communist Party. In recent months, successive electorates that are claimed by China have exercised their vote in support of an alternative vision to President Xi Jinping's.

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