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Taiwan braces for 'surge of refugees' from Hong Kong

But political and legal concerns force Tsai administration to move cautiously

TAIPEI -- On a Tuesday night in an unmarked bookstore hidden away on the 10th floor of an office building in Taipei's bustling Zhongshan district, a handful of shoppers leaf through books while a phone in the windowsill plays mellow jazz.

This is not just any bookshop, it is Causeway Bay Bookstore, which has found a new lease of life in Taiwan after being shut down in Hong Kong. Its owner, Lam Wing-kee, is the highest profile political refugee to leave Hong Kong for Taiwan. At a 2016 news conference, he shocked Hong Kong when he revealed that eight months earlier he had been spirited to the mainland by Chinese security agents for interrogation. His crime? Selling books that were banned on the other side of the border.

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