An overview of key developments in relations between Taiwan and China this week.
The News Lens
By: Shuhei Omi
Despite efforts by Taiwanese diplomats to ensure the return of 25 Taiwanese telecom fraud
suspects from Cambodia, Phnom Penh authorities forced them onto a plane bound for China on June 24. TNLI’s coverage here.
On June 2, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) responded to remarks by Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) saying that Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy was “destined to fail” if it was meant to go against cross-strait ties. Lin said the Taiwanese government was happy to improve business ties with China on its current basis, but that ties with third countries were not mutually exclusive to cross-strait relations, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported.
The new southbound policy has been presented as a major part of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) agenda, centered around 0improving trade ties between Taiwan and Southeast Asian and South Asian countries, which many see as an attempt to decrease Taiwan’s economic dependence on China. [FULL STORY]