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Taiwan's Tsai gains momentum for reelection on US trip

Trade war and Hong Kong unrest give president boost for January poll

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen arrives at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York during her visit to the U.S on July 11.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Buoyed by tacit U.S. backing and China's stance on the Hong Kong unrest, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen arrived home from a trip to the Americas on Monday to a poll that made her the favorite to retain the presidency in January's election.

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