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A tale of two islands - Hong Kong and Taiwan

Taiwan identity has gathered powerful steam, accelerated by what has been happening in HK

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Four days before the Taiwanese went to the polls to elect their president for the seventh time, incumbent Ms Tsai Ing-wen unleashed a political advertisement on steroids. In a nearly three-minute campaign video, the two worlds of Hong Kong and Taiwan were displayed on split screens, to great effect.

A male narrator intones: "This is our daily life. Our son playing computer games. Our daughter waging virtual battles in an Internet cafe and taking the last train home.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 19, 2020, with the headline A tale of two islands - Hong Kong and Taiwan. Subscribe