Can Taiwan foster closer ties with unofficial allies?
The News Lens
By: Matt Taylor
On the final day of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) second international trip to South
America as part of a strategy to consolidate Taiwan’s diplomatic ties with its allies in the region, she hinted that mutual co-operation could become an integral component of its future official relationships.
Speaking at a breakfast meeting with reporters in El Salvador, she stated that bilateral trade and an expansion of market orientated policies will be of mutual benefit to Taiwan and the Central American economy. Such measures include promoting Taiwanese youth to work with those in countries such as Paraguay and the Dominican Republic to develop startups, establish new trade policies, and schedule bilateral visits by business leaders to develop stronger trade exchanges. Furthermore, it looked to directly involve domestic companies in the continued improvement and development of infrastructure and healthcare. [FULL STORY]