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    Lingering concerns about the threat posed by its giant neighbor China took a backseat in Taiwan’s closely watched local elections as voters focus on other pressing issues closer to home such as air pollution and bad traffic. On Saturday Taiwanese are picking their mayors, city council members and other local leaders in all 13 counties and in nine cities. There’s also a referendum to lower the voting age from 20 to 18. While international observers and the ruling party have attempted to link the elections to Taiwan’s rival, many local experts do not think China has a large role to play this time around. The question is how the island’s two major political parties — the Nationalist and the incumbent Democratic Progressive Paty — will fare.

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