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Why Carrie Lam's climbdown from divisive extradition Bill is good for China's stand on Taiwan

HONG KONG - 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 thought that her decision will be in the interest of the Communist Party of China (CCP), particularly as Taiwan heads to the polls in January to elect a new president.

The reason for this is steeped in history.

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