Radio Taiwan International
President Tsai Ing-wen has responded with defiance after Panama broke diplomatic relations with
Taiwan to establish ties with China. She also said Beijing’s treatment of Taiwan would only serve to increase the resolve of Taiwan’s people not to give in to its threats.
The president said she felt greatly saddened by Panama’s decision. She also said the government would do its best to uphold the interests of Taiwanese businesses and expatriates in the Central American country.
Tsai said Taiwan has lost an ally but this does not change the fact of the Republic of China’s existence, its values or its status as a sovereign nation. She also warned that Beijing’s attempts to suppress Taiwan internationally would be counterproductive to its goal of unification.
“We refuse to stand idly by as our national interests are threatened and challenged. Suppression and threats can never bring the two sides of the Taiwan Strait closer. Rather, they will increase the distance between the people of the two sides. I can say on behalf of the 23 million people of Taiwan, we will never compromise or yield in the face of threats,” Tsai said. [FULL STORY]