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From rugby to painting, how China is squeezing Taiwan's international space

Rugby is a minor sport in both places, but diplomats and officials say the spat illustrates China's willingness to swipe at Taiwan over the pettiest of points

Reuters 

All Taiwan wanted to do was to host rugby teams from around the region for a series of matches. Instead, Chinese representatives challenged the self-ruled island's proposal this summer, saying China should take over the events. After a month of negotiations, the two sides agreed to take turns hosting the games over the next six years. Rugby is a minor sport in both places, but diplomats and officials say the spat illustrates China's willingness to swipe at Taiwan over the pettiest of points. "They want to entirely block our sporting events. If we are to host ...

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First Published: Tue, November 20 2018. 11:28 IST
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