A tiny island-nation’s election has big stakes for China, Taiwan

It’s a tiny Pacific island nation, one of the world’s smallest. But on Jan. 26, elections in Tuvalu will be watched from Beijing and Taipei to Canberra, as voters choose a 16-seat parliament and, after negotiations, a prime minister.

A big part of the international attention is linked to the increasing importance of China in the region, and Tuvalu’s diplomatic ties to the government of Taiwan. A proposed security treaty with Australia could also hang in the balance.

Here’s what’s at stake:

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