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International relations

Taiwan seeks to boost standing by exploiting China belligerence

Island seeks stronger ties with large democracies as it loses formal allies

TAIPEI -- Taiwan is seeking to capitalize on international condemnation of China's growing belligerence to boost the island's global standing, even as it continues to lose formal diplomatic allies to Beijing.

President Tsai Ing-wen used a speech on Wednesday to make the case for Taiwan as beacon of democracy in a region that she sees as increasingly falling under China's shadow.

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