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Taiwan’s Vice President at Abe’s funeral

Taiwanese Vice President Lai Ching-te (William Lai) attended the funeral of assassinated top Japanese politician Shinzo Abe. Lai described the visit to the neighboring country as a private “show of respect for a friend.” Foreign trips by Taiwanese officials are rare, especially since Taiwan does not maintain official diplomatic relations with most countries. Lai is a possible candidate to succeed incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen.

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