Visiting U.S., Italian legislators urge Taiwan to defend democracy

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/26
By: Emerson Lim

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Visiting legislators from the United States and Italy urged the Taiwanese people Tuesday to defend democracy amid the worsening situation in Hong Kong.

"Democracy is a precious thing and we have to defend against any attempts to try to circumvent that through any sort of disinformation campaigns or fake news," U.S. Representative Bill Flores said in a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Flores said he has seen increasing threats against elections around the world, including efforts to upset the elections in Hong Kong few days ago.

He predicted continued efforts to interfere with the upcoming elections in Taiwan, citing the testimony of self-proclaimed spy Wang Liqiang (王立強), who is seeking asylum in Australia.

Taiwan will hold its presidential and legislative elections in January.

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