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Taiwan passes law to combat Chinese political influence

'Anti-infiltration' move adds to cross-strait tensions ahead of elections

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen pushed hard for the new legislation.    © Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Taiwan's parliament passed an anti-infiltration law on Tuesday to combat perceived threats from China as the democratic island gears up for a presidential vote on Jan. 11 amid heightened tension with Beijing.

The legislation is part of a years-long effort to combat what many in Taiwan see as Chinese efforts to influence politics and the democratic process, through illicit funding of politicians and the media and other underhand methods.

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