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Taiwan tensions

Tsai seeks counter-authoritarianism efforts from Japan lawmaker

Taiwan leader notes risks to democracy, Indo-Pacific stability from China stance

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, left, and Japanese lawmaker Keiji Furuya. (Getty/Kyodo)

TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday the international community must work together to counter the expansion and provocations of authoritarianism as she met a delegation of Japanese lawmakers amid China's assertive actions in the Asia-Pacific region.

In the meeting with Keiji Furuya, the head of a cross-party group of legislators dedicated to strengthening Japan-Taiwan relations, Tsai said, "If Taiwan is under attack, it would pose a significant threat to the democratic system and the entire Indo-Pacific region" and she expressed hope that Tokyo and Taipei will deepen cooperation.

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