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Ex-Australia PM Abbott in Taiwan calls for end of island's isolation

French senators also visit Taipei as China turns up military heat on island

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks next to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen during their meeting in Taipei on Thursday.

TAIPEI -- As China turns up the military heat on Taiwan, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on a trip to Taipei that global democracies should stand "shoulder to shoulder" with the island.

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