DPP rejects report about ‘tolerable’ losses of allies

TOP PRIORITIES:DPP spokesperson Wang Min-sheng said that the party’s main goals have always been to fully develop Taiwan’s foreign ties and enhance its global status

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 20, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday rejected a report that said voices are mounting within the party arguing that “diplomatic allies are useless” to Taiwan.

According to a report published yesterday by the Chinese-language United Daily News, since China and the Gambia resumed diplomatic ties on Thursday, there have been concerns whether Taiwan would suffer “an avalanche of ruptured diplomatic ties” after the DPP administration assumes office in May.

Pro-DPP academics recently began to say that losing several diplomatic allies in the future would be “within a tolerable limit,” the report said.

It also said some of the academics have even argued that as long as Taiwan retains the support of the US and Japan, the nation’s survival would not be threatened, even if its number of diplomatic allies dropped to zero.

DPP spokesperson Wang Min-sheng (王閔生) rejected the report as untrue, saying that no one has made such statements, either at meetings of the DPP’s think tank, meetings on international affairs or other advisory meetings.     [FULL  STORY]

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