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Taiwan presidential hopefuls head to US for 'job interviews'

Candidates seek to cement American relations while wary of Chinese reactions

Visiting the U.S. has long been a tradition of Taiwanese presidential hopefuls in the year preceding elections.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Contenders for Taiwan's presidency are heading to the U.S. this year to prove their mettle across the Pacific before the island's January 2020 election.

It has long been a tradition for Taiwan's presidential hopefuls to visit America in the year preceding an election. While they speak at universities, business associations, think tanks and gatherings of Taiwanese expatriates, their schedules often include undisclosed closed-door talks with top-ranking government officials.

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