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China's meddling in Taiwan is an alarming warning for Canada

Taiwan's election reveals disturbing insights into the future of Beijing's voter interference in Canada.

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Supporters wave Taiwan national flags and cheer during an election campaign rally of Kuomintang (KMT), in Keelung on Thursday. 

Taiwan's presidential election isn't until Saturday, but already has implications for Canadians.

The outcome will influence the timing of China’s threat to annex Taiwan as part of Xi Jinping’s extreme nationalistic program of “national rejuvenation of the motherland.” That portends a military confrontation that could involve Canada and other allies as soon as 2027.

Charles Burton is a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and former diplomat at Canada’s embassy in Beijing. Anthony Seaboyer teaches political science and political philosophy at the Royal Military College of Canada and is senior lecturer at the Peace Support Training Centre at CFB Kingston.

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