People of Taiwan have to choose whether to embrace China or run on democracy’s path: VP Lai ahead of elections


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Taiwan’s Vice President Lai Ching-te, the frontrunner in next year’s election, has said that the people of the island nation have to choose between democracy and “embrace China.” The issue of China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, looms large ahead of the Jan. 13 presidential and parliamentary elections, especially as Beijing has been stepping up its military pressure against the island. Lai, the vice president and member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is running for president and has led most opinion polls ahead of elections. “The people of Taiwan have to choose between trusting Taiwan, allowing...