Taiwan representative will attend Abe state funeral, foreign ministry says

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – A representative from Taiwan will attend the state funeral of slain former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this month, but is still discussing whom to send, the Taiwanese foreign ministry said on Thursday. Abe, the longest-serving leader in modern Japan, was fatally shot at close range during a campaign rally on July 8. Taiwan Vice President William Lai attended Abe’s private funeral less than a week later in a personal capacity as a friend of his, though the trip still drew a diplomatic complaint from Beijing, which views the island as its own territory. Taiwan Foreign Ministry...