By: Wen Kuei-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu
Marshall Islands, March 26 (CNA) Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has
underlined the importance of visiting the nation’s overseas allies, even as Beijing uses every available opportunity to poach those same allies from Taipei.
Tsai, who is on the third and final leg of a visit to the three Pacific allies of Palau, Nauru and the Marshall Islands, was answering questions from Taiwanese reporters about the country’s diplomatic situation.
Tsai was asked how Taiwan can prevent China from poaching its diplomatic allies, which it was noted has happened every time she has returned from an overseas trip.
Since taking office in May 2016, Tsai has made six overseas visits, including the current one to the Pacific region. In that time five allies have switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, leaving Taiwan with just 17 diplomatic allies. [FULL STORY]