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Lam's retreat on extradition Bill leaves Tsai with less of a weapon for Taiwan elections

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If having to backpedal on the highly controversial extradition Bill is a bitter pill to swallow, embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam can take comfort in the fact that her decision will be in the interest of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), particularly as Taiwan heads to the polls in January to elect a new president.

The reason is steeped in history.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2019, with the headline Lam's retreat on extradition Bill leaves Tsai with less of a weapon for Taiwan elections. Subscribe