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No fear of domino effect: MOFA

No fear of domino effect: MOFA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Foreign Minister David Lin on Tuesday discounted fears voiced by former Vice President Annette Lu that several of Taiwan’s allies would break off diplomatic relations after next year’s presidential elections.
Lu on Monday warned of a domino effect after the January 16 election, and called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to form a special task force to promote foreign relations and to tighten ties to non-allies.
Taiwan has 22 official allies, often poor or small countries in the South Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Vatican is Taiwan’s only European ally, while Gambia was the last country to drop Taipei and switch recognition to Beijing. In the past, Taiwan and China conducted “dollar diplomacy,” trying to steal each other’s allies away through promises of generous development programs and investments.
Lin said that at present, all signs showed that relations with the official diplomatic allies were stable. The ministry held a monthly meeting to evaluate the situation, he added.
The minister thanked Lu for her concern for Taiwan’s foreign policies and said her ideas would be taken into account. If there was an opportunity to hear more about the former vice president’s opinions, Lin reportedly said he would gladly meet her.
He also said it was too soon to draw conclusions about the elections since the result would only be known next year. The new president is elected on January 16 and sworn in on May 20.


Updated : 2021-09-20 01:23 GMT+08:00