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Abe: Taiwan must never repeat Hong Kong experience

US, Japan lawmakers, along with Taipei colleagues, discuss Chinese expansionism

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of a potential Chinese threat to Taiwan's democracy. (Photo by Ryo Nemoto) 

TOKYO -- Lawmakers from the U.S., Japan and Taiwan on Thursday held an inaugural policy dialogue to discuss Chinese expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region, with former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sounding the alarm on the threat to Taiwanese democracy.

"What happened in Hong Kong must never happen in Taiwan," Abe said, alluding to the Chinese crackdown on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement. 

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