Taiwan votes in key election under Chinese threats

TAIPEI: Millions of Taiwanese headed to the polls Saturday for a presidential election in the face of threats from China that choosing the wrong leader could set the stage for war on the self-ruled island.

Beijing slammed frontrunner Lai Ching-te, the current vice president, as a dangerous “separatist” in the days leading up to the poll, and on the eve of the vote its defense ministry vowed to “crush” any move toward Taiwanese independence.

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