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Taiwan presidential candidate vows to protect island from China

He will work to ensure peace and security, says DPP front-runner and current VP

Taiwan Vice President William Lai speaks to reporters after registering as the presidential candidate for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party on March 15. He is seen as the front-runner to represent DPP.   © Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) -- The candidate likely to represent the ruling party at Taiwan's next presidential election, Vice President William Lai, pledged on Wednesday to protect the island against China and ensure peace, as he formally registered to run in the campaign.

Lai is the front-runner to be the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate in next January's presidential election.

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