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Pro-independence forces in Taiwan align to push referendum

Coalition looks to counter China's growing pressure for unification

Former President Lee Teng-hui, second from left, waves to the cheering crowd at a rally in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on April 7. (Photo by Kensaku Ihara)

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- Political parties and organizations demanding a referendum on Taiwan's independence have formed an alliance to further their initiative.

The Formosa Alliance was established on Saturday, prompted by a sense of crisis in the face of growing pressure from China for unification.

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