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Flexible diplomacy workable: president

Flexible diplomacy workable: president

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday that his four overseas trips since assuming office has proven that his flexible diplomacy approach is workable.
In a talk on the plane as he returned to Taiwan from Los Angeles, Ma said he felt upbeat about his visit to Honduras and the Dominican Republic via the United States, citing three missions.
They consisted of attending the presidential inauguration in Honduras, discussing relief operations in Haiti with the Dominican Republic's president and Haitian prime minister, and exchanging views with U.S. congressmen during transit stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Ma said that although only three foreign heads of state attended the inauguration of Honduran President Porfilio Lobo, his attendance helped underscore the importance Taiwan attaches to the global value of democracy.
The president said he has visited eight diplomatic allies in Central America, South American and the Caribbean and described that as proof that the flexible diplomacy approach he proposed during the campaign is working.
With decent diplomacy replacing the previous check-book diplomacy, Taiwan has achieved a better image in international activities and has more effectively cemented ties with its diplomatic partners, Ma said.
Citing assisting post-quake Haiti as an example, Ma said Taiwan and China did not engage in a diplomatic battle this time around thanks to improved cross-strait ties. Assistance from both sides to Haiti has won international praise and helped create a "win-win" situation in international arena.
Commenting on Taiwan-U.S. relations over the past 20 months, the president said two-way ties are advancing in a correct direction, with mutual trust growing steadily amid closer interaction on the economic, political and military fronts.
Ma added that he believes the overall interests of the two countries will not be affected by the U.S. beef dispute, although he acknowledged that the issue is unlikely to be settled quickly.
Upon arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Ma told the local press that the U.S. government has clearly categorized the beef dispute as a trade problem, which will be positively addressed based on common ground reached between the two countries.
(By Carfie Lee and Flor Wang)




Updated : 2021-05-15 04:38 GMT+08:00