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Taiwan: Candidates Stake Claims on Cross-Strait Tensions

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  • The line-up for Taiwan’s next presidential election in January 2024 is now clear, with governing left-of-center Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President Lai Ching-te facing off against two conservative challengers.
  • The heightened backdrop is Beijing's push to turn the Taiwan Strait into a "Chinese lake" — and its attendant risks of sudden conflict and disruption to global shipping and air traffic routes.
  • G7 leaders in Hiroshima last weekend declared that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait is “indispensable” to the global community.

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