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Taiwan edges away from zero-COVID policy despite record cases

Despite risks, authorities see need to reconnect with the world

The government of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is considering an easing of COVID rules. (Source photos by AP and Reuters) 

TAIPEI -- Taiwan is considering whether to open up to foreign visitors and ease COVID-19 restrictions, in marked contrast to China's uncompromising zero-COVID strategy.

President Tsai Ing-wen's government has recently been contemplating how to navigate a reopening, according to diplomats on the island. Her administration recognizes the need to evolve from a zero-COVID policy, they say, as countries in the region, including Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, have shifted to living with the pandemic.

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