Efforts to solidify ties with allies continue: Foreign ministry official

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-07-18

Taiwan’s efforts to solidify ties with its diplomatic allies are continuing despite pressure from Beijing. That’s according to Diego Chou, head of the foreign ministry’s Latin American and Caribbean Affairs section.

Chou was responding to reporters’ questions on Tuesday. Latin America and the Caribbean remain an important source of diplomatic support for Taiwan. Eleven of Taiwan’s 20 remaining allies are located in the region. That’s despite Panama’s recent decision to cut ties with Taiwan and build ties with Beijing.

Chou said that maintaining ties with allies like these is the foreign ministry’s most important duty. He said diplomats have a responsibility to work in the national interest despite pressure. Chou said diplomatic allies raise Taiwan’s dignity. He also said these allies help Taiwan make its voice heard on the international stage, especially when it comes to participating in international organizations.    [FULL  STORY]

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