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International relations

Fear of China's election meddling triggers reforms across Pacific

Reports of shady contributions and spy activities push governments to act

Australian flag flutters in front of Beijing's Great Hall of the People.   © Reuters

SYDNEY/TAIPEI -- From Taiwan to Australia, governments across the Pacific are launching new laws and organizations to guard against possible Chinese interference in upcoming elections.

A slew of reports alleging Chinese attempts to influence local politics have fueled concern throughout the region. Beijing denies these claims, but other countries in Asia-Pacific could follow suit.

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