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Taiwan elections

Taiwan president: Island's democracy under threat from China

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday that the self-governing island's democracy remains under direct threat from rival China, underscoring her calls for closer ties with the U.S. and other allies.

Tsai was speaking at a televised debate against Han Kuo-yu of the main opposition Nationalist Party and veteran politician James Soong of the People's First Party. Elections for president and the legislature are set for Jan. 11. Most polls show Tsai leading in her quest for a second four-year term.

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