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Taiwan is the future of the Asia-Pacific, not China

Island's success the result of staunch commitment to democratic ideals

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President Tsai Ing-Wen waves at a night market in Keelung after the lockdown ease on June 9: transparency, accountability, and public trust have allowed Taiwan to combat COVID-19 without sacrificing economic growth.   © Sipa/AP

Dr. Daniel Twining is president of the International Republican Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that supports democracy. He formerly served as a member of the U.S. State Department's Policy Planning Staff and as the foreign policy adviser to U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated trends toward authoritarianism and instability, it was clear that the Asia-Pacific region would face a crisis of democracy in 2020.

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