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As elections near, Taiwan voters mainly worry about money and jobs

As elections near, Taiwan voters mainly worry about money and jobs

This rainy port city on Taiwan’s northern tip hit its peak as a shipping hub in 1984. But as China opened up its economy and became the world’s factory floor, business leeched away. Now most of the raucous sailor bars Keelung was famed for have closed, and one-third of its 370,000 people leave on weekdays to work in the capital, Taipei.

“When I was in my 20s, you could work in a factory that packs shipping crates and that was fine,” said Lo Ching-an, 50, owner of an often-empty tea store in central Keelung. “Now that’s basically gone. It’s really pathetic. Local people’s spending power isn’t too strong, and a lot work in...

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