Taiwan's upcoming presidential election will not cause China to relent in its obstruction of Taiwan internationally, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials predicted yesterday.
The officials noted that some analysts have forecast that China will not bash Taiwan in the runup to the presidential election lest it backfires and boosts the campaign of the Democratic Progressive Party, although there have been signs recently that China will not relax its Taiwan policy due to the March 22 presidential election.
"The suppression has in fact risen unabated," they said, adding that Beijing's Taiwan policy includes taking all of Taiwan's diplomatic allies, blocking all channels for Taiwan internationally and crushing all Taiwan's international room for maneuvering, commonly known as the "three all policy."
In addition to the African ally of Malawi, the ministry is also on full alert about possible changes in three Central American allies - Panama, Dominican Republic and Haiti - that Foreign Affairs Minister James Huang (黃志芳) recently visited, they said.
The officials said this is because the ministry has learned that the three allies have been greatly pressured by China, prompting Huang to make a personal visit to solidify ties. The situation with Panama is especially stark, they noted.
Huang suggested that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) should attend the inauguration ceremony of Guatemalan President-elect Alvaro Colom January 14 so as to meet with other national heads of state during the event and contribute to bilateral and multilateral relations between Taiwan and the nations of Central America.