Taiwan doubles down as China rejects German delegation visit
29 October 2022 | 5:27 pm
The visit is the second by a German delegation to Taiwan in a month. It comes after China’s Communist Party Congress unprecedently voted to include resistance to Taiwan’s independence in the party constitution.
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