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The Big Story

How Beijing enlists global companies to pressure Taiwan

From Air Canada to Zara, corporations advance China's policy goals

CHRIS HORTON, contributing writer, and SHUHEI YAMADA, Nikkei senior deputy editor | Taiwan

TAIPEI/TOKYO -- In May, the Taiwanese government published a detailed list of what it labeled China's "interference with Taiwan's international presence" since the start of 2018.

The document lists a number of almost farcical episodes, such as the decision by organizers of a beef expo in Australia to cover up a Taiwanese flag that schoolchildren had painted on a statue of a bull. There are also significant diplomatic developments, including the Dominican Republic's severing of diplomatic ties with Taiwan after intense lobbying from China.

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