Taiwan spent US$20 million on the Congress: reports
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Protesters in Paraguay set fire to the Congress building
funded by Taiwan to the tune of US$20 million (NT$632 million), reports said Saturday.
The protests erupted in response to a secret vote by the Senate in favor of an amendment allowing the country’s president to run for a second term. Paraguay is the only one of Taiwan’s 21 official diplomatic allies situated in South America, and in the past the Asian island was generous with aid to counter attempts by China to undermine its international position.
The competition between the two sides for diplomatic allies was often criticized as “dollar diplomacy.”
According to reports in the Paraguayan media, not just the building, but also the laptops of the 125 members of Congress were funded by Taiwan. [FULL STORY]