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Taiwan's Tsai doubles down on US ties to boost reelection bid

With eye on January poll, president lands in New York

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen arrives at her New York hotel on July 11.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/NEW YORK -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen embarked on a Caribbean tour Thursday, first stopping over in New York, as she leans into the island's relationship with the U.S. in hopes of bolstering her reelection bid.

"Our hard-won democracy is now facing threats from and infiltration by external forces," Tsai said before boarding the plane for her 12-day trip to visit four Caribbean countries. "We will engage in mutual cooperation with like-minded countries to ensure the stability of democratic systems."

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