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Taiwan tensions

China squeezes Taiwan with military drills, trade threats, mango ban

Beijing aiming to sway outcome of island's January presidential election, analysts say

China, under President Xi Jinping, left, is seeking to influence Taiwan's presidential election in January. Vice President Lai Ching-te is front runner to win the race. (Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty and Reuters)

TAIPEI -- China is making full use of its economic and military playbook to scare the Taiwanese electorate ahead of January's presidential election on the democratic island, with analysts pointing to drills and trade sanctions as an attempt to influence the race.

China on Monday suspended imports of Taiwanese mangoes, citing a "severe threat" to China's agricultural and ecological security posed by citrus mealybugs detected in shipments of the fruit. Imports of Taiwanese apples, pineapples and grouper fish are already banned.

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