) --


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has sold its Taiwan life insurance unit to

Chinatrust Financial Holding Co.

for $180 million, according to the

Wall Street Journal


An earlier announced deal to sell the Taiwan unit to

Waterland Financial Holdings Co.

for $112.5 million was

rejected by Taiwanese regulators

that questioned Waterland's financial ability to operate the insurer.

Chinatrust had been seeking an acquisition to expand in Taiwan. The insurer made a big for

American International Group's

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Taiwan Nan Shan Life Insurance Company

unit earlier this year

, but was bested by

Ruen Chen Investment Holding

, which acquired the unit for $2.15 billion

MetLife is among several U.S. insurers to exit the Taiwan life insurance market since the financial crisis. American International Group and


both exited the market last year.

--Written by Maria Woehr in New York.

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