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Challenges to Taiwan's diplomacy come from China's pressure

ROC Central News Agency

2017/06/22 17:12:31

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) The challenges for Taiwan on its diplomatic fronts come from China's use of its "one China" principle to squeeze Taiwan in the international community, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Thursday.

Huang's words came after Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, who is currently visiting the United States, said that in 2008, former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was elected and established a "diplomatic truce" with China, which he described as very successful, with increased cross-Taiwan Strait trade and tourism.

But with the end of the diplomatic truce in 2016 in the wake of the change of Taiwan's administration, he has opted to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China, calling it the "right decision," and a positive move for Panama's development.

According to Huang, however, such remarks are far from the perception of the international community.

Regarding Panama's severing of diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the truth is that Taiwan's challenges have come from China's continued insistence on its "one China" principle to squeeze Taiwan, and its continued use of dollar diplomacy to lure away Taiwan's diplomatic allies, Huang said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said that since the inauguration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party in May 2016, she has advocated the maintenance of the peaceful status quo between the two sides of the strait.

Taiwan has fulfilled its share of responsibility in this regard, but China has continued to resort to all sorts of means to squeeze and threaten Taiwan in the international community.

The ministry said that Taiwan was unable to attend the World Health Assembly or the International Civil Aviation Organization conference because of China's obstruction.

China also lured away Taiwan's diplomatic ally Sao Tome and Principe late last year, as well as Panama last week, which the ministry said has destroyed the peaceful cross-strait status quo and is not conducive to the development of cross-strait ties.

(By Sophia Yeh, Ku Chuan and Lilian Wu)

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