Asia Pacific As Taiwan prepares to vote, China peers closely over its shoulder

Gone are the days of bellicose speeches and saber-rattling by Beijing. Ahead of Taiwan's Nov. 29 local elections, China exerts influence through strategic spending, travel discounts for those returning to vote, and trade delegations.

By , Correspondent

Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

When Taiwan became a democracy more than two decades ago, a disapproving China had few ways of making its voice heard.