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Ma's Singapore visit diplomatic coup: The Economist

Ma's Singapore visit diplomatic coup: The Economist

Taipei, March 25 (CNA) An article in the latest issue of British weekly The Economist has hailed the recent trip by President Ma Ying-jeou to Singapore to pay his last respects to Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state's founding father and first prime minister who died earlier in the week, as a diplomatic coup for Taiwan. It is extremely rare for a Taiwanese president to be admitted to a country that is not one of Taiwan's dwindling number of formal diplomatic allies -- 22 at the last count, the article stated. The Economist published the article March 24 under the headline "Taiwan and Singaproe: Friends from Afar" to highlight what it saw as the significance of Ma's visit. The article also indicated that one of the remarkable features of Singapore's foreign policy under Lee was the country's ability to maintain close relations with Taiwan without jeopardizing the city-state's relations with China, and Ma's March 24 visit appeared to underscore this point. Describing the visit as an extremely rare one, the article stated that since he was first elected president in 2008, Ma has done nothing to rile China with freelance diplomatic moves. Until his flying visit to Singapore, he has visited no country that has diplomatic ties with China, other than making stopovers in transit. Although couched as a personal visit rather than a formal one, this is still a diplomatic coup for Taiwan, according to the article. (By Tang Pei-chun and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-18 09:00 GMT+08:00