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The Latest: Taiwan president: McCain a friend and a fighter

August 26, 2018 - 5:03 am

The Latest on the death of Sen. John McCain (all times local):

4:45 a.m.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has expressed her condolences over the death of Sen. John McCain, saying she will remember him as a friend and a fighter.

Taiwan's official Central News Agency said Sunday that Tsai thanked McCain for endorsing bills in Congress that supported Taiwan and for defending democracy around the world.

Tsai said his death marked the "great loss of an important friend of Taiwan" in the U.S.

Under Tsai's leadership, the self-governed island democracy has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has sought to isolate it on the global stage.

Tsai said in a Tweet: "He never backed down from his beliefs & forever strived for a more peaceful & prosperous world."

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4:40 a.m.

Germany's foreign minister says Sen. John McCain stood for an America that is a "reliable" partner.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas paid tribute to the Republican senator in a statement issued in Berlin on Sunday. McCain died at his ranch in Arizona on Saturday after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

Maas said that "he stood for an America that is a reliable and close partner. An America that takes responsibility for others out of strength, and stands by its values and principles even in difficult moments — and bases its claim to leadership on that."

He added that "we will remember his voice."

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4:40 a.m.

Pakistan has offered its condolences over the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain, saying he will be "greatly missed."

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a statement Sunday that McCain had "always stood for strong Pakistan-U.S. relations and a cooperative approach for promoting peace and building stability in the region."

As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCain made many visits to the region. In a visit to Pakistan last year, he said there could be no peace in neighboring Afghanistan without Pakistan's cooperation.

Pakistani officials say McCain often worked to ease tensions between Pakistan and the United States. The U.S. has repeatedly urged Pakistan to do more to crack down on Islamic militants operating along the porous Afghan border.

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