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       Taiwan diplomatic situation

Taiwan Kow-Tow diplomacy,
12 formal relation allies remain

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   Lowy Institute Asia Power Index, 2023 Edition

  Taiwan China Japan Korea Singapore
Diplomatic Influence  22th , 19.4 1st    91.5 3rd 6th 10th
Economic Relationships 12th, 11.1 1st   98.3 3rd 5th 4th
Asia's Comprehensive Power rankings:  1.US 2.Chn 3.Japan 4.India 5. Rus 6. Aus 7. S. Korea 8. Singapore 9.Indonesia
10.Thailand  11.Malaysia 12. Vietnam 13. NZ 14. Taiwan (ROC)


 Taiwan is losing its friends.  BBC (2023-10-16): A spooked and lonely Taiwan looks for new friends. Increasingly Taipei relied on its chequebook to hold on to a dwindling list of allies, mainly in the form of aid and investment. But today China's cheque book is bigger than Taiwan's.   Economist (2023-3-28) With China's wallet growing ever larger, Taiwan may instead need to hope that historical ties help to sustain the loyalty of its few remaining diplomatic partners. economist.com/the-economist-explains/2023/03/28/why-is-taiwan-losing-its-friends  AFP (2023-3-28): Latin America has been crucial to the diplomatic struggle between Beijing and Taipei since they separated in 1949, after the Chinese civil war....the decision by Honduras was a blow to Washington  news.yahoo.com/china-taiwan-battle-lines-run-014450552.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall


♣  Some has been more willing to engage with Taiwan

Bloomberg (2024-4-17): Taiwan Moves to Boost Its Global Standing with Chip Diplomacy - a lot of countries discover the existence of Taiwan mostly because of semiconductors  finance.yahoo.com/news/taiwan-moves-boost-global-standing-073112637.html  SCMP (2024-3-14): Taiwan's biggest chip producers have already been pressured to invest in new facilities in the US, Germany and Japan. It's not just about helping two Western allies to re-industrialise but to guarantee continuity of production in the event of an open conflict.

Mint (2024-4-4): India's prime minister expressed solidarity with ‘the resilient people of Taiwan’ after the island suffered its worst earthquake in 25 years.  Taiwan's dominant position in semiconductors is one of the primary reasons India has increased its engagement of late, as is its desire to attract foreign investment in general.  India and Taiwan have also signed a labour mobility agreement that will allow Indian workers to find jobs in the island country. India's political troubles with China are probably also playing a role here. The two countries have spent the last four years locked in a border standoff that has frozen bilateral relations. livemint.com/politics/policy/mint-explainer-why-is-pm-modi-s-message-to-the-people-of-taiwan-significant-11712222525142.html




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pic.No.1 "comment Taiwan diplomacy" on Yandex2024-4-4, 2024-2-14, 2023-11-27 (Chinese version),
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on Yandex,  2023-11-27, 2023-3-29




   Taiwan's President  is expected to meet Speaker McCarthy, Beijing will decide how strongly it wants to respond

New York Times, 2023-3-29 President Tsai Ing-wen risks a show of force from Beijing Beijing just lured Honduras to abandon diplomatic ties with Taipei in what many saw as pre-emptive punishment for her trip. nytimes.com/2023/03/29/world/asia/taiwan-president-us-china.html
Bloomberg, 2023-3-29 Tsai is unlikely to use this moment to “push boundaries" , partly to avoid "accusations of being provocative by Taiwanese voters.". Any Tsai meeting with McCarthy "puts the ball in Beijing's court"  news.yahoo.com/china-warns-taiwan-leader-mccarthy-031352507.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall
Washington Post, 2023-3-29 When Honduras switched allegiance from Taipei to Beijing last week, it put the diplomatic future of Taiwan in a more precarious position washingtonpost.com/world/2023/03/29/honduras-taiwan-china-allies-relations/
The Guardian, 2023-3-28 (ex president) Ma Ying-jeou's "we are all Chinese" message is starkly at odds with vision of Tsai Ing-wen, who seeks support from Washington.   Taiwan caught between superpowers as rival leaders visit China and US theguardian.com/world/2023/mar/28/taiwan-leaders-visit-china-us-ma-ying-jeou-tsai-ing-wenTaipei


Honduras ditching Taiwan raises larger geopolitical concerns

AP, Washington Post, The Hill, 2023-3-15 thehill.com/homenews/ap/ap-international/honduras-ditching-taiwan-raises-larger-geopolitical-concerns/   ... a blow to the Biden administration, which has rather fruitlessly tried to convince countries in the region to stick with Taiwan. Taiwan, a U.S. ally,...also exemplifies the American government is “losing it’s grasp on” Latin America
L.A. Times, 2023-3-15 The switch would leave Taiwan recognized by only 13 countries as China spends billions to win recognition of its “one China” policy.   msn.com/en-us/news/world/honduras-to-seek-official-ties-with-china-spurning-its-long-relationship-with-taiwan/ar-AA18EeCH
Bloomberg, 2023-3-15 Tsai Ing-wen has worked to raise the self-governing island’s profile on the world stage during her tenure. Tsai says Taiwan deserves broader recognition and greater support given its status as a democracy. msn.com/en-us/news/world/taiwan-may-lose-official-ally-as-honduras-mulls-china-switch/ar-AA18Du8h


World /   National Post, 2022-10-14: (Taiwan)
its being shunned diplomatically by most of the world ...
Europe /  NY Times, 2022-8-2:
Wary of provoking Beijing, most European nations have long kept Taiwan at arm's length.

UN /  National Review (2022-4-22) The top U.N. official rejected Taiwan's request to participate in the organization's activities and used of the formulation “Taiwan, China,” is also noteworthy, because it implies that Taiwan is a region of the mainland...in the event of a Chinese invasion, its leadership will lack access to the global platform (Zelensky appeals during Russia's attack on Ukraine)
 US /  NY Times, 2023-1-21: the State Department imposed conditions to make clear to Beijing that Taiwan was not re-establishing its diplomatic presence. The estate could not be used as a residence, and Taiwan’s flag could not fly over its grounds. A sign at the gate reads only “Twin Oaks,” with no mention of Taiwan.
China /  China blames the U.S. government is “salami slicing” and “hollowing out” the One China policy
US also blames
China's salami-slicing behaviors against Taiwan



Taiwan-US  foreign policy (diplomacy)

New York Times, 2022-10-20: Taiwan's "Adorable" and Ambitious Diplomacy Aims to Keep the Island Safe /  China has more money to offer, so “We have to be more creative, and like, more adorable” nytimes.com/2022/10/20/world/asia/taiwan-diplomacy-china.html
CBS News,2022-9-18: Biden tells <60 Minutes> U.S. forces, U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan, but White House says this is not official U.S. policy
New York Times, 2022-6-22:  To Pressure Taiwan, China Flexes Economic Muscle / As Beijing has ramped up pressure on the island, Taiwan has moved to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties with friendlier countries, including the United States, those in the European Union and Japan.  nytimes.com/2022/06/22/business/china-taiwan-grouper-ban.html

Washington Post, 2022-1-29: Lithuania stood with Taiwan against China. Europe and the U.S. should stand with Lithuania.  washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/29/lithuania-stood-with-taiwan-against-china-europe-us-should-stand-with-lithuania/


Pew research, 2022-10-19


prioritize relations with China, even if it means not having high-level politicians visit Taiwan continue to have high-level politicians visit Taiwan, even if it harms relations with China
38% 54%
40 percent of Republicans view China-Taiwan tensions as a very serious problem for the United States, compared to 32 percent of Democrats who hold similar opinions.

ABC news, 2021-10-17: How U.S.-China relations continue to play out in the coming months and years will ultimately determine Taiwan's future.
NBC news, 2021-10-20: Shifting American attitudes toward Taiwan are motivated partly by cooling attitudes toward China. nbcnews.com/news/world/china-wants-world-know-it-s-not-going-get-pushed-n1281947

Brookings, 2021-10-27: The “U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” “Devise and implement a defense strategy capable of defending the first-island-chain nations, including Taiwan." could be understood as meaning that the U.S. itself would take direct military action to defend Taiwan brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/10/27/how-should-taiwan-japan-and-the-united-states-cooperate-better-on-defense-of-taiwan/

Naval Times, 2022-1-11:  a Beltway naval breakfast sparked China’s ire over Taiwan  /    The U.S. side keeps a blind eye on or even encourages the participation by Taiwan military personnel in the event exclusively open to military attachés from sovereign states  navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2022/01/11/how-a-beltway-naval-breakfast-sparked-chinas-ire-over-taiwan/


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pic.: No.1 "Taiwan diplomacy" on Microsoft Bing, 2023-3-29, 2022-2-12, 2022-1-31, 2021-12-29, 2021-10-22, 2021-9-23, 2021-8-5, 2021-7-8, 2021-6-14, 2021-6-1, 2021-4-24, 2021-4-7, 3-23-2021, 3-12-2021, 3-3-2021, 2-21-2021, 1-27-2021, 1-23-2021; No.2 at 2022-6-17






Global Times, 2021-12-28:  If the US can help Taiwan maintain a certain number of "allies," it will have leverage in hindering China's peaceful reunification    globaltimes.cn/page/202112/1243596.shtml

Brookings, 2021-7-12:   if Taiwan voters reverse Tsai’s pledge to open Taiwan’s market to the same pork products that American citizens eat... would seal shut the door to anything more than incremental progress on U.S.-Taiwan trade relations...other major economies would follow suit.   brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/07/12/taiwan-voters-should-look-before-they-leap-on-pork-referendum/   National Review, 2021-7-9: Deleted Taiwan Tweet Is a Diplomatic Disappointment and a Concession to China / After tweeting a message about America’s COVID vaccine donations to the world that included an image of the Taiwanese flag, the Biden administration has deleted the post and apologized for its “honest mistake.”  nationalreview.com/corner/deleted-taiwan-tweet-is-a-diplomatic-disappointment-and-a-concession-to-china/
◆ Nikkei Asia (Japan), 2021-7-7: US does not support Taiwan independence: Kurt Campbell
Foreign Policy, 2021-6-11: US provides vaccines to Taiwan, fears provoking China  foreignpolicy.com/2021/06/11/us-china-taiwan-vaccine-diplomacy/

Wall Street Journal, 2021-6-7: U.S., Taiwan to Launch Trade Talks.  Effort to revive dormant trade and investment framework risks aggravating tensions with China.  wsj.com/articles/u-s-taiwan-to-launch-trade-talks-11623097659

east asia forum, 2021-6-29: Biden wins over Taiwan /  There are still challenges ahead, such as the US desire to on-shore semiconductor production (eastasiaforum.org/2021/03/10/geoeconomics-and-the-security-of-taiwan/), which has downsides for Taiwan’s technology industry. And limitations on the relationship remain, meaning that Taiwan has to be careful of wishful thinking and overstating the level of US support.    eastasiaforum.org/2021/06/29/biden-wins-over-taiwan/
CNN, 2021-5-6:  In a joint statement released Wednesday, representatives from the G7, which includes Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, etc underscored "the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," and encouraged the "peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues."  edition.cnn.com/2021/05/05/china/g7-cornwall-uk-us-china-taiwan-intl-hnk/index.html

The Hill, 2021-4-20: Japan needs to stand stronger with the US to defend Taiwan — and itself Given the current widespread concern that the Taiwan flashpoint could suddenly explode into a U.S.-China conflict in Japan’s backyard, is such vacuous language the strongest deterrent message the two allies could muster?  thehill.com/opinion/international/549066-japan-needs-to-stand-stronger-with-the-us-to-defend-taiwan-and-itself
Asia Nikkei (Japan), 2021-4-18:
Taiwan in US-Japan statement: Biden wanted to make a strong statement against China's provocation but Suga sought for more moderate language in their joint document which has left much to interpretation  asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Taiwan-in-US-Japan-statement-show-of-resolve-or-diplomatic-calculus

Foreign Affairs, 2021-6-3: Washington would need to persuade a large coalition of allies to commit to a coordinated economic, political, and military response to any Chinese aggression. And that, unfortunately, remains a remote possibility, since many countries are unwilling to risk their economic prospects, let alone a major-power war, in order to defend a small democratic island.  Unfortunately for Taiwan, only now is the United States waking up to the new reality  foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2021-06-03/china-taiwan-war-temptation

Biden's new guidelines for U.S. government interaction with Taiwan

South China Morning Post
 (Hong Kong),
Biden administration might want to deepen its relations with Taipei, there is no indication of a more fundamental shift and it is still trying not to provoke Beijing when it comes to the sensitive issue of mobilising troops to defend Taiwan.   Biden’s new guidelines clarify that Washington will continue to honour its own one-China policy and the new guidelines will not allow anything related to formats or symbols of an ‘official’relationship with Taiwan,” . The State Department says the guidelines still ban officials from attending Taiwan’s Double 10th holiday and events which assert Taiwanese sovereignty. Exchanges by senior officials such as presidents, vice-presidents and high-ranking government ministers are not covered by the guidelines.    scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3129980/joe-biden-set-end-guessing-game-about-what-us-will-do-if
 Seattle Times, 2021-4-9 The department announced the changed policy in a statement that said the Biden administration intends to “liberalize” the rules to reflect the “deepening unofficial relationship” between the U.S. and Taiwan. However, the revised guidelines don’t include all the changes put in place by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the waning days of the Trump administration.  Pompeo had lifted virtually all restrictions on contacts with Taiwan, including allowing Taiwanese military officers to wear uniforms and display the Taiwanese flag at meetings with U.S. officials.    seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/us-unveils-new-rules-for-government-contacts-with-taiwan/  
Guardian, 2021-4-11 A state department spokesman, Ned Price, said the new guidelines followed a congressionally mandated review and would “provide clarity … on effective implementation of our ‘one China’ policy” – a reference to the longstanding US policy under which Washington officially recognizes Beijing rather than Taipei.
CNBC, 2021-4-9 The U.S. State Department on Friday issued new guidelines that will enable U.S. officials to meet more freely with officials from Taiwan. cnbc.com/2021/04/10/us-issues-guidelines-to-deepen-relations-with-taiwan.html
Global Times, 2021-4-10 new guidelines has taken a step back from what Pompeo claimed...there would still be some "guard rails," such as not allowing officials to attend functions at Twin Oaks on major Taiwanese holidays that might complicate the US' "One-China" policy.  The new guidelines ... will not be a qualitative change to the relations between the US and the island of Taiwan. globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1220693.shtml
The Hill, 2021-4-9 new guidelines for U.S. government interaction with Taiwan counterparts to encourage U.S. government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationship.  Taiwan's top representative to the U.S.: "We welcome the encouragement..."  thehill.com/policy/international/asia-pacific/547464-state-department-announces-new-guidance-on-talks-with

Axios, 4-9-2021: Taiwan is home to 92% of the world's leading-edge chip manufacturing operations ... If Taiwan's chip production were permanently disrupted,...estimates it would take three years to build enough capacity to replace it.  That's why many in the industry are calling for the U.S. to be clearer about its support for Taiwan ...   axios.com/threats-to-taiwan-nightmare-tech-847c1f30-d878-4eb9-b749-b2f17487dd91.html    Reuters,  2021-4-14: Biden... a broader effort to bolster the domestic chip industry. He’s also proposed $50 billion to support chip manufacturing and research  reuters.com/article/us-semiconductor-shortage-packaging-focu-idUSKBN2C01AL

Channel News Asia, 2-22-2021: Thus far, Mr Biden has signaled his administration will adopt much of Mr Trump’s approach to Taiwan.  This elevating of US relations with Taiwan, if executed with the right balance of resolve, tact and mutual respect towards Beijing, can be an effective approach for maintaining peace in the Taiwan Strait.  channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/taiwan-strait-us-china-biden-xi-jinping-arms-sales-diplomatic-14234674

Financial Times, 2-9-2021: Taipei watches for signs that Washington could retreat from some of the Trump administration’s advances in bilateral relations... recent statements that avoided calling Tsai president, as had become the norm under Donald Trump... State department referred to “Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives” instead of its president or government.    www.ft.com/content/f9c7ebcd-297a-4274-a07d-2c01515b77fd

National Review, 2-10-2021: "the state Department’s Bipartisan Taiwan Diplomacy" / The effort (Taiwan’s representative in the U.S., met a top State Department official at the department’s headquarters in Washington) to pave the way for more respectful diplomatic engagement with Taipei in accordance with longstanding U.S. policy through scrapping the old, restrictive guidelines was a bipartisan move... https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/the-state-departments-bipartisan-taiwan-diplomacy/ 

Diplomat, 2-11-2021:  Taiwan’s representative to the United States:  the question of strong relations with the United States is viewed not merely as diplomatic, but existential ......"The first priority is in the general defense and security area.  The second area would be our economic relationship, and the third being the international participation and the other political partnerships that we have.”     thediplomat.com/2021/02/what-to-expect-from-us-taiwan-relations-in-2021-and-beyond/

Nikkei Asia (Japan), 2-6-2021:  Biden doubles-down on Trump's Taiwan policy, but will it last?   the negative consequences of bolstering U.S.-Taiwan ties are that China would almost certainly intensify its diplomatic, economic and military threats against Taiwan and the United States... Despite these concerns, the Biden team, for the time being at least, appears poised to opt for a stronger relationship with Taiwan as set forth under the Trump administration. Only time will tell whether it is sustainable or wise policy.   asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/Biden-doubles-down-on-Trump-s-Taiwan-policy-but-will-it-last

Reuters, Yahoo, 2021-5-14: US condemns political use of vaccines after China-Taiwan tussle China, Russia, and the United States have sought to deepen ties around the world and further their countries' geopolitical clout through so-called "vaccine diplomacy". Several Latin American nations are receiving Chinese vaccines,...Honduras, among a small number of Latin American countries to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan, has said it was considering opening an office in China in a bid to acquire much needed COVID-19 shots  news.yahoo.com/u-condemns-political-vaccines-china-173503094.html Global Times, 5-12-2021:  President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras noted that the US has a huge number of vaccines that are going to expire. But the US would rather hoard them than lend a helping hand to countries in need...the US missed an opportunity to illustrate it's worth sticking with Taiwan ties...globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1223311.shtml


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pic. : No.1 " Taiwan diplomacy" on Ecosia (
Berlin Germany) at  2022-6-17, 2022-2-12, 2021-12-29, 2021-10-22, 2021-9-23, 2021-8-5, 2021-7-8, 2021-6-14, 2021-6-1,  2021-4-24, 2021-4-7, 3-23-2021, 3-3-2021, 2-21-2021, 2-14-2021,1-23-2021;No.2 at 2022-1-31




pic. : No.1 "Taiwan diplomacy" on Yahoo at 2022-2-11, 2022-1-31, 2021-12-29, 2021-10-22, 2021-9-23, 2021-8-5, 2021-7-8, 2021-6-14, 2021-6-1, 2021-4-24, 3-23-2021, 3-3-2021, 1-27-2021;  No.2 at 2022-6-17


 pic. : No.1 "Taiwan diplomacy" on US Yahoo search engine, 2021-8-5, 2021-7-8, No.2 at 2022-2-12,  2021-6-14, 2021-6-1, 3-23-2021, 2-16-2021, 1-31-2021


Wall Street Journal, 1-21-2021 : Biden Sends Important Foreign-Policy Signal With Taiwan Inauguration Invite / 

Taiwan envoy formally attends presidential swearing-in for first time since 1979; China restrained in response. Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the U.S. overcame four decades of precedent when she accepted a formal invitation to attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration, calming fears on the self-ruled island that U.S. support would erode in the post-Trump era.  www.wsj.com/articles/biden-sends-important-foreign-policy-signal-with-taiwan-inauguration-invite-11611230623

 Bloomberg, 1-25-2021:
The U.S. statement signaled continuity with former U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy of engagement with Taiwan.  The State Department statement indicated a desire by the Biden administration to preserve the longstanding ambiguity about Taiwan’s status. The U.S. pledged to stand by existing agreements with China and spoke of the interests of the “people on Taiwan,” rather than the people “of Taiwan.”  bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-24/u-s-says-china-military-pressure-against-taiwan-threatens-peace   (ps:  In a new Council Special Report, The United States, China, and Taiwan: A Strategy to Prevent War, the authors argue that the United States should change and clarify its strategy to prevent war over Taiwan.;   Slate, 2-2-2021:  The Taiwan Relations Act ...This is pretty vague, and some say it doesn’t go far enough. )

Foreign Policy, 1-22-2021 : The U.S.-Taiwan relationship is likely to remain more low-key.  Taiwan seeks assurances from Biden admin., but Biden and his team are likely to resist using Taiwan as a cudgel against China the way Trump did.    Biden's objectives are likely to include "viewing Taiwan as a card to be valued, not a card to be played in competition with China".  

Japan Times, 1-17-2021 : Trump’s whiplash diplomacy on Taiwan  the sudden cancellation of Craft’s visit was a blow to Taiwan and apparent a victory for the CCP.  Despite the advances the Trump administration made with Taiwan, it left two important actions incomplete: First was the realization of an official presidential visit. And second is the reestablishment of formal diplomatic relations (Many people throughout the Indo-Pacific region had hoped) ...    japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2021/01/17/commentary/world-commentary/trump-taiwan-us-china/

CNN, 8-14-2020: What Taiwan needs form the US is a strong stable marriage not a hot passionate romance ...  a long-term antagonistic relationship between the US and China wasn't sustainable after November... Taiwan needs to think about it  
Foreign Policy 8-14-2020: The United States and China ... They are in a bad marriage, with no current option for divorce. That will remain the case for many years to come (foreignpolicy.com/2020/08/14/cold-war-china-misuse-of-history-united-states-soviet-union/)

Financial Times (UK), 12-14-2020:  Anxious Taiwan launches US charm offensive to win Biden’s backing. Taipei worries incoming American administration will not maintain Trump’s staunch support    (https://www.ft.com/content/3174603a-69ce-4328-93af-69569bb86e0c  )

NY Times, 11-24-2020: Biden Faces Pressure from Democrats and Republicans to Stand Up to China by Embracing Taiwan... He will continue to support a peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues ... won't use Taiwan to poke Xi Jinping in the eye and make him look weak

Washington Post, 1-14-2021 : American relations with Taiwan have warmed under President Donald Trump, largely due to strong bipartisan support in Congress, but also because the administration has been willing to defy Beijing’s threats and promote Taiwan as an alternative to Chinese Communist Party authoritarianism. washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-ambassador-to-un-and-taiwans-president-meet-virtually/2021/01/14/d64548b0-5639-11eb-acc5-92d2819a1ccb_story.html

Reuters, 1-20-2021:  Blinken : US would uphold its commitment to ensure that self-ruled Taiwan has the ability to defend itself  reuters.com/article/us-usa-biden-state-china/u-s-secretary-of-state-nominee-blinken-sees-strong-foundation-for-bipartisan-china-policy-idUSKBN29O2GB?feedType=mktg&feedName=politicsNews&WT.mc_id=Partner-Google

Reuters, 1-21-2021, US News & World Report, 1-20-2021 : U.S. commitment to Taiwan was “rock-solid”, after the island’s de facto ambassador in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, attended Biden’s swearing in. reuters.com/article/us-usa-biden-taiwan/taiwan-biden-ties-off-to-strong-start-with-invite-for-top-diplomat-idUSKBN29Q01N?il=0

Int. Policy Digest, 1-20-2021 Blinken  iterated his endorsement for expanding Taiwan’s international space in multilateral forums where statehood is not required, and even said that he wants to deliver Pompeo’s decision to lift the limitations on diplomatic engagements with Taipei “through to conclusion, if it hasn’t been completed.” ...  Washington’s sentiments under Biden have sent strong messages in supporting Taipei’s democratic endeavors, time will tell how Washington will maintain the delicate balancing act of elevating their bilateral partnership without closing all windows of opportunity for cooperation with Beijing intpolicydigest.org/2021/01/20/where-u-s-taiwan-relations-might-find-itself-under-biden/

(Trump) State Dept. lifts US-Taiwan restrictions in move likely to anger China


New York Times (US),

State Dept. Moves to Ease Restrictions on Meeting With Taiwan Officials is meant to signal a warming of relations with Taipei and a tougher line with Beijing, but the Biden administration could easily reverse the move.

 the move was likely to have little practical effect. “It looks like a publicity stunt”.

■  The moves, some outside experts said, are meant to lay a trap for Mr. Biden, forcing him either to pay a domestic political cost if he unwinds them or to sour relations with Beijing if he does not.

 Mr. Biden could discourage high-level contact with Taiwan officials.

full text: nytimes.com/2021/01/09/us/politics/state-dept-taiwan-united-states-china.html

Guardian (UK),

■  Pompeo ... likely to anger China.

■  The guidelines set out restrictions including where representatives of either government could meet, and limited the ranks allowed to attend Taiwan’s national day celebrations. It also said the US should not refer to Taiwan as a “country” or “government”In recent years the guidelines have been followed less and less, and the official change was not unexpected ...
“Decades of discrimination, removed,” Taiwan’s representative in the US, Bi-khim Hsiao, said on Twitter. “A huge day in our bilateral relationship. I will cherish every opportunity.”  
■  A spokesperson for the Biden transition team told the Financial Times the incoming president was “committed to the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act” which defined relations between the two governments, and to the US’s one-China policy.
full text:  theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/09/mike-pompeo-restrictions-us-taiwan-china

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Chinese state media (CGTN, CCTV) blast Trump admin. for " cowardly act of sabotage" a "cowardly act of sabotage" that "crossed a dangerous red line."
Global Times (China), warned — in a since-delated tweet — that Taiwan could face repercussions for Pompeo's actions, The Associated Press reports. "The option ofusing military means to solve [the] Taiwan question will also be put on the table"
The move may not be universally applauded stateside, either, per Reuters. Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at Washington's Center for Strategic and InternationalStudies, predicts the Biden administration will "rightly be unhappy that a policy decision like this was made in the final days of the Trump administration."

Japan Times,


■ The Trump administration’s policy toward Taiwan is ending much as it started — by attempting to fundamentally alter the status quo.

■ Trump admin is lifting all of complex internal self-imposed restrictions which was in an attempt to appease the Communist regime in Beijing... 50 years of engagement with Beijing has not worked and that a different and tougher approach is needed...  Japan, too, views the island nation as a bulwark against growing Chinese military assertiveness.

■ This could be seen as an attempt by the Republican administration to sow chaos before it’s departure.  “A blanket statement such as this, abrogating all of the guidance in place for years, without articulating what framework will replace it simply amplifies perceived chaos in DC”
■ This just eases doing diplomacy with Taiwan.   japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/10/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/taiwan-us-china-pompeo-trump-biden/

DW (Germany)
, 1-9-2021

■ Taiwan's unofficial embassy said the move showed the "strength and depth" of the US-Taiwan ties.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson : some "anti-Chinese politicians" like Pompeo would do everything in their remaining term to undermine relations between the US and China.
full text: www.dw.com/en/us-ends-restrictions-on-official-contacts-with-taiwan/a-56183292

Brookings, 1-11-2021 The Biden administration upholds Pompeo’s decision to lift all restrictions on contact with Taiwan or publicly countermands Pompeo’s announcement is low-probability scenario.  Options more likely are: (1) Instruct the State Department to resume reviewing and approving contacts from across the United States government with Taiwan counterparts to ensure that such contacts adhere to the spirit of longstanding policy, if not necessarily the letter of past contact guidelines   (2)  Use Pompeo’s announcement as a spur to launch a Taiwan policy review to develop updated guidelines for contacts with Taiwan counterparts based on a fresh assessment of America’s interests and priorities in its unofficial relationship with Taiwan. brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/01/11/after-lifting-restrictions-on-us-taiwan-relations-what-comes-next/

The Guardian, 2-11-2021: The Biden-Xi phone call came just hours after the announcement of Biden’s establishment of a Pentagon task force on China and a senior state department official meeting in person with Taiwan’s representative to the US.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/11/biden-raises-taiwan-tensions-and-human-rights-with-xi-jinping-in-first-phone-call

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Taiwan diplomatic strategy & tactics/ foreign policy

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Taiwan is willing to be used by the US, to needle China, ... intentionally in exchange of Trump administration's a policy of strategic clarity, but failed.   China called Taiwan "human bomb" because of its incompatible military capacity, but to poke the bear.
NY Times, 2022-10-20:Taiwan is a useful policy instrument to signal displeasure with China”

pic.: AFT France 10-19-2020:  Cake fight:
Taiwan, China officials scuffle at Fiji soiree
for Taiwan's symbol - national flag on the cake, etc



NY Times, 2022-10-20: Taiwan pays Guatemala's lobbyists in Washington...to thank Lithuania, Taiwan's and local shoppers have embraced its imports, from lasers to bacon-flavored schnapps nytimes.com/2022/10/20/world/asia/taiwan-diplomacy-china.html

 Global Times, 2022-9-28:  DPP's "dollar diplomacy" has gone far beyond said politicians, already reaching the echelons of US government lobby groups and so-called political think tanks.   In April 2021,the MintPressfound that the island has doled out millions of dollars to many of the largest and most influential think tanks in the US in recent years.  globaltimes.cn/page/202209/1276319.shtml   9-28

 Global Times, 2022-9-28: profits to US politicians via covert means like buying over their family, NGOs  /    under the pretense of universities and research institutions, whose "white gloves" have given legitimacy to high-profile receptions -  first-class flights, luxury hotels, leisure and entertainment, and paying exorbitant "commission fees." ... civil groups(e.g., TSMC, China Steel Corporation, I-MEI Foods Co Ltd and CHIMEI ) extent invitations to US politicians but the DPP authorities eventually pay them using public assets , to escape US congressional constraints...  from 2016 to 2020, the DPP spent more than $12 million on public relations lobbying in the US, on average $3 million per year. Taiwan's other agencies also invested more than $9 million in this regard   globaltimes.cn/page/202209/1276326.shtml

 Global Times, 2022-6-16: Taiwan authorities paying US lobbyists to maintain ‘rock-solid’ ties ( arrange a congratulatory call with former US president Donald Trump by the island's regional leader Tsai Ing-wen and to organize the "attendance" by the island's representative in the US Hsiao Bi-khim at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.) globaltimes.cn/page/202206/1268324.shtml

 Global Times, 2022-9-25:   typical "money diplomacy" and "cash-for-friendship" diplomacy -   in 2022, the overall "diplomatic budget" of the island reached $936 million, which includes $41 million "classified budget" to bribe and support anti-China forces and their activities overseas..."unworthy descendants" as they have sacrificed local residents' fortunes to feed greedy US politicians to seek "independence" while residents have gained nothing ... globaltimes.cn/page/202209/1276026.shtml

 Japan Times (2022-4-6, japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2022/04/06/commentary/world-commentary/taiwans-fatal-attractions/) comments Taiwanese leaders lavished praise on people who undermined that democracy's security and gave financial supports to corrupt regime and "White Terror" operations in some countries for gaining international recognition
Reuters, 2022-1-31: Taiwan tries hand at COVID diplomacy again with Somaliland vaccine (150,000 doses of its domestically developed Medigen) gift.

■ Aljazeera, 12-16-2020: Sydney-based Lowy Institute: China’s concessional loans and grants in the Pacific amounted to $1.5bn between 2006 and 2017, compared with Taiwan’s $271m ...

Le Monde diplomatique of France, '16 a graphic depicts Taiwan as a trembling sweating rat, doing nothing to approaching huge cat (China), but turn around and  lift high a  "$O$" banner. 
■ Taipei Times, 1-23-2021: Entertainment expenses are the “bullets” of overseas diplomats, and are not just spent on wine and steak. Taiwan sent "we can help" face masks to many countries for CovID-19 2020.

New York Times, AFP (France). 10-19-2020:  Taiwan de facto embassy was hosting a party for 100 distinguished guests to celebrate Taiwan's National Day, two Chinese officials began taking pictures of guests and when asked to leave assaulted an official, putting him in hospital.   Aljazeera, 12-16-2020: China-Taiwan fistfight in Fiji raises concerns...“When the ‘prize’ is Taiwan, the stakes are very high and China will fight very hard”

charm offensive diplomacy

Financial Times (UK), 12-2-2020: Anxious Taiwan launches US charm offensive to win Biden's backing. This reminds me about same time China intelligence used "charm offensive" to contact US politicians - Daily Mail (uk), 12-8-2020, disrn, 12-9-2020 : Chinese Intelligence operative used personal charm, campaign fundraising efforts, extensive networks of associates...


Taiwan to ease restrictions on pork imports from the US ...  New York Daily News,  11-28-2020: U.S. pigs consume ractopamine, a feed additive that’s been banned in more than 150 countries, including China and the entire European Union Reuters, 12-16-2020 US pork imports will be cost effective... But it can't be forced on us (Taiwanese) , bringing chaos to our industry and taking it down.
Economist, 1-16-2021: Only a decade ago were the Stars and Stripes first raised outside the American Institute in Taiwan (ait), an embassy in all but name. (Taiwan even now refrains from flying its national flag outside its equivalent office in Washington.)

Indigenous diplomacy

CS Monitor, 2022-4-27: Taiwan, is exploiting its Indigenous communities without necessarily improving their economic conditions or cultural welfare, but others say that Taiwan has been forced to lean on its Indigenous heritage for the security of all the island’s residents. A theory –  Taiwan was the source of all Austronesian languages –converting it from a society rooted in Chinese colonization to one embedded in the greater Pacific–  to maintain a presence on the world stage   csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2022/0427/China-loophole-Why-Taiwan-relies-on-Indigenous-diplomacy


Sydney-based  LOWY institute 7-17-2020:  Taiwan tiptoes in cross-strait relations (China-Taiwan).

grease palm

Politico , 3-11-2021, Der Spiegel, DW  :  Third German conservative MP quits as scandals mount, Taiwan was suspected to get involved.  DerWesten reports Taiwan paid far more than Azerbaijani and Vietnamese did. (TW Ministry of Diplomacy denied, Mar. 15 news)

chips diplomacy

 Bloomberg, 1-26-2021, 1-22-2021 :  the World Is Dangerously Dependent on Taiwan for Semiconductors ... The U.S. still holds dominant positions... (ps: tech. originally from US etc)  
 L.A. Times,  12-17-2020 : Tension could be further strained if the U.S. maintains pressure on the firm TSMC to starve Chinese companies of its valuable chips. 
Financial Times, 2-8-2021: Taiwan sense opportunity to bolster relations with west after chip shortages; Law Fare, 2-2-2021:  Taiwan’s Chips Remain Core of Technopolitics: cutting-edge chip manufacturing is narrowing - now U.S.-based Intel, Samsung of S. Korea, Taiwan’s TSMC and China’s SMIC.
on knees to Westerners, a discrimination diplomacy Bloomberg 12-24-2020: Taiwan deserves legitimate criticism for letting politics, especially relations with Western countries, pose a risk to the health of her own citizens.  e.g., a U.S. delegation entered Taiwan without meeting quarantine requirements, Czech Senate President and other 80 were allowed to bypass the two week confinement everyone else faced.  In contrast, one Filipino worker was fined $3,500 for stepping outside his quarantine room for 8 seconds, while others are reported to have been allowed to roam more freely.
UDN editorial 12-24-2020: Unlike many western countries banned flights from the UK  for new coronavirus variant at the very first moment,  Taiwan did not take any step until facing so many local questions, then was very reluctant to cut off half of UK flights.  Taiwan also was reluctant to give penalty-fine to Western pilot blamed for Taiwan's first local Covid transmission since April, but not so "polite" to some Asian worker.  full text:  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/5117298?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2    bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-12-23/taiwan-enjoys-an-i-told-you-so-moment-after-tangling-with-china-and-the-who

 fawning diplomacy

New York Times, 11-24-2020: Taiwan politician : “Taiwan can’t face the might of China alone,” "We can’t fight China on our own." ;  Taiwan Foreign Minister often  S.O.S. on world media, such as Fox-news, Newsweek,12-1-2020, Australia ABC, 12-1-2020: Taiwan foreign minister calls on Australia to help defend against China... News Australia, 11-7-2020: expert says Taiwan will need to bring back the draft in order to put up a fight.  However, Taiwan ignores western advice and plans to mobilize only about 1/10 reservists.   Reuters 12-10-2020 slams Taiwan : "It is almost as if fighting to defend the country is somebody else’s responsibility” .


FOXnews 4-9-2020, Washington Post  4-9-2020, ABC 4-9-2020 (brief)  : WHO chief claims he was racially targeted by Taiwan ... CNBC 4-8-20:  WHO chief addresses death threats, racist insults...  ("Giving me names, black or negro,... the abuse had originated from Taiwan, and the foreign ministry didn't disassociate" itself from it".)
Taiwan denied all these -
 BBC,  4-10-2020 : Taiwan foreign ministry spokeswoman said the comments were "irresponsible" and the accusations "imaginary".    click for full details

creativity-cartoon diplomacy

NY Times, 2022-10-20: One digital diplomacy nonprofit has spread pro-Taiwan messages on social media worldwide through comics and product giveaways.



Taiwan's Kow-Tow  diplomacy



♣  Taiwan island feels ‘deep disrespect’ as US delegation leader wears socks of ‘improper’ colorway ( a pair of "flowery socks");

udn.com (Mar. 2022) said the US delegation's impolite and "improper dressing" shows its contempt of the Taiwan authority.     

      ♣  A few years ago, Kathy Chen, the wife of former head of the Taipei office of the American Association in Taiwan (AIT) Kin Wah Moy, wore sandals to Tsai's dinner. But Taiwan officials could do nothing but privately shake their heads and sigh.

♣   In June, 2021, three US senators made a visit to the island and met Tsai, who was mocked after photos and a video clip showed her standing up "delivering a report'' as the US senators watched while seated.

 In a meeting between Tsai and Canadian Trade Office in Taipei Executive Director Jordan Reeves in July 2020, the Canadian official angered Taiwan people with his cross-legged gesture, and some media asked the Canadian to apologize.  

♣  Just a month later, Tsai was mocked again due to her "bow-and-scrape" gesture in a meeting with former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori    

globaltimes.cn/page/202203/1253941.shtml   2022-3-4



●  Taiwan-Asia & Pacific diplomacy/ foreign policy

  Japan Times (2022-4-6) comments Taiwanese leaders lavished praise on people who undermined that democracy's security and gave financial supports to corrupt regime and "White Terror" operations in some countries for gaining international recognition


War on the rocks, 2021-12-31: As the possibility of war across the Taiwan Strait looms large, the analytic community in Washington has begun to ask questions about South Korea’s position.    warontherocks.com/2021/12/south-koreas-taiwan-conundrum/

Brookings, 2021-8-25: Though Japan’s officially ambiguous position on Taiwan’s status resembles the U.S. approach, Tokyo has traditionally been far more reluctant than Washington to openly criticize Beijing’s attempted coercion of Taipei. The Japanese government has prioritized emphasizing its “hope” for the two sides to resolve the issues between them peacefully.  brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/08/23/has-japans-policy-toward-the-taiwan-strait-changed/


War on the Rocks,, 2021-11-23:  Japan’s Rapidly Shifting Consensus /  Until recently, Japan treaded far more carefully than the United States on Taiwan, focusing its language on “hope” for peaceful reconciliation between Beijing and Taipei.  warontherocks.com/2021/11/japans-revolution-on-taiwan-affairs/

Sydney Morning Herald, 2021-9-17:  Australia maintained strong relations with Taiwan, consistent with the One China policy, and there were “no plans to change the name of Taiwan’s representative office in Australia”.smh.com.au/world/asia/it-s-important-to-us-taiwan-pushes-for-naming-rights-in-australia-20210917-p58siz.html


Associated Press, Yahoo news, 2021-6-11: Japan says ties with Taiwan are only unofficial -  Japan's relations with Taiwan are nongovernmental and practical and are based on Tokyo's recognition of China as the sole legitimate government,  following Beijing's protest over a recent reference to the island as a country. Japan also has donated 1.24 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Taiwan as it battles its largest outbreak of infections amid a shortage of jabs.  news.yahoo.com/japan-says-taiwan-ties-under-041504209.html

Reuters, 2021-6-29: China says Japanese official calling Taiwan a 'country' is serious violation / Japan's deputy defence minister on Monday warned of a growing threat posed by Chinese and Russian collaboration and said it was necessary to "wake up" to Beijing's pressure on Taiwan and protect the island "as a democratic country"   reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/china-says-japanese-official-calling-taiwan-country-is-serious-violation-2021-06-29/

The Hill, 2021-4-20: Japan needs to stand stronger with the US to defend Taiwan — and itself Given the current widespread concern that the Taiwan flashpoint could suddenly explode into a U.S.-China conflict in Japan’s backyard, is such vacuous language the strongest deterrent message the two allies could muster?  thehill.com/opinion/international/549066-japan-needs-to-stand-stronger-with-the-us-to-defend-taiwan-and-itself

Asia Nikkei (Japan), 2021-4-18: Taiwan in US-Japan statement: Biden wanted to make a strong statement against China's provocation but Suga sought for more moderate language in their joint document which  used bland language devoid of "adjectives and adverbs.", shunned more specific language like 'defend Taiwan' to avoid unnecessarily provoking China,"...   asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Taiwan-in-US-Japan-statement-show-of-resolve-or-diplomatic-calculus

Reuters, 2021-6-16:  Macau's government said on Wednesday it would suspend operations at its representative office in Taiwan, following in the footsteps of Hong Kong, which made a similar move last month in response to Taipei's support for pro-democracy activists there.   reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taiwan-regrets-macaus-decision-suspend-representative-office-2021-06-16/

Diplomat, 2021- 4-21:   Taiwan appears to be growingly resilient against China’s diplomatic coercion.  Beijing is also devoid of allies within Taiwan to act as countervailing forces to balance the Democratic Progressive Party’s “provocative” policies.  Not only do the “pro-mainland” Kuomintang and Taiwan People’s Party pose no credible opposition against the prevailing ruling party, but these parties also actively seek better ties with the United States. (thediplomat.com/2021/04/beijings-military-heavy-approach-to-taiwan-locks-the-us-and-china-in-a-security-dilemma/ )

◆  Foreign Policy, Newsweek, 2021-4-5 : In an attempt to reduce this dependency, Taiwanese President Tsai unveiled the New Southbound Policy (NSP) after coming into office in 2016. The NSP is intended to boost trade and economic ties with Southeast Asia and South Asian countries as well as Australia and New Zealand. On paper, it sounds like a decent idea, but in practice the NSP has faltered in recent years to the point where Taiwan’s trade with those countries actually decreased by 3 percent year-on-year in 2020, which followed a year-on-year fall in 2019 by more than 4 percent.   foreignpolicy.com/2021/04/05/taiwan-covid-19-success-china-military-threat/

◆  Lowy Institute (Australia), 2021-4-30: Recognising the need to diversify, ...“New Southbound Policy”, with the goal of Taipei’s economic over-reliance on China...With Southeast Asia and to some extent Australasia, this policy has been a success.   Taipei’s total trade with the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations increased from US$78 billion to $89 billion, with a growth rate of 13.6% during 2016–20, ...Little of the success was replicated in South Asia, with Taipei’s efforts to tap the potential of India and Bangladesh offering only meagre results.   Before Covid, the inflow of overseas students resulting from the New Southbound Policy also increased from 32,000 in 2016 to 53,000 in 2018, consisting of 30,000 students from Southeast Asiasurpassed the number from China.  lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/taiwan-renewing-southbound-vision


◆  Newsweek, 3-2-2021: Tsai's guiding economic plan since her first year in office has been her government's "New Southbound Policy," whose goal is to remove reliance on the Chinese market and instead build trading—and security—relationships with partners in South Asia, Southeast Asia and extending as far as Australia and New Zealand.  According to Taiwan's Ministry of Finance, more than 40 percent of the island's exports went to China and Hong Kong last year, accounting for $151.4 billion of its $345.2 billion  newsweek.com/taiwan-allies-rally-defy-chinas-economic-coercion-pineapples-1573124

The Diplomat, 2-5-2021:  Taiwan highlighted the significance of the New Southbound Policy and pointed to Southeast Asia and India as particular focus points for the policy.  For decades, much of the focus of Taiwan’s foreign policy agenda has been America-centric and Asia still does not figure as much as the United States and Europe do.  In addition, the absence of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and the countries under the New Southbound Policy and lack of reciprocity might be dissuading factors for Taiwan to devise a consistent policy toward the countries of the region.  Finally, a lack of expertise on the South Asian countries in Taiwan is a major hindrance.  The New Southbound Policy has immense potential to significantly increase Taiwan’s regional outreach in the countries that were not traditionally part of Taiwan’s strategic thinking, and may very well serve as an answer to China’s attempts to shrink Taiwan’s international space  (brief) 

Global Times,10-25-2020:  Japan and Taiwan have close relations in many areas. Economically, many profitable enterprises in Taiwan are funded by or receive investment from Japan, including the electronic semiconductor industry. In addition, the exchanges between parties in political circles between the Taiwan Island and Japan are also very close. This has been simmering below the surface since when former Taiwan regional leader Chen Shui-bian was in office....Tokyo may face greater pressure from Washington. With the two cards of Japan's trade and defense in its hands, Washington can force Tokyo to join the alliance of "protecting" Taiwan......Tokyo knows very well where Beijing's bottom line is when it comes to the Taiwan question. It also knows that crossing the line is like touch an electric wire - if Washington pushes too hard, Tokyo will be the first to get shocked. Therefore, Japan always plays Tai Chi with the US over Taiwan affairs.   globaltimes.cn/content/1204603.shtml

Global Times, 2021-4-3: Taiwan separatist DPP authority's 'black hand' behind anti-mainland rumors amid Myanmar upheaval.  For example, some people have spread the claim that "counterfeit Myanmar banknotes made in the Chinese mainland have entered the local market," but from the photos taken by the rumormongers, it can be seen that the bundling for the fake banknotes has the words "E. SUN Bank" (a Taiwan-funded bank) printed on it...The spokesman of the Taiwan People's Party recently said that the situation in Myanmar can reveal the real "diplomatic situation" of Taiwan and that the authority does not know much about its neighbors in Southeast Asia and has nothing it can do to help with the situation.  Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Myanmar ..., its officials often meet with Myanmar personnel, donate some money, and have long been keen to attract local youth to study in Taiwan and cultivate pro-Taiwan forces.  the Taiwan authority would promote the "New Southbound Policy" targeting Myanmar so as to decrease some Taiwan businesses' dependence on the Chinese mainland and expand "diplomatic space."  globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1220154.shtml


◆  Japan Times, 3-15-2021:  Pineapple diplomacy? China's Taiwan import ban prompts sales surge in Japan.  In 2020, Taiwan exported some 45,000 tons and some 95% of them went to China, 2,144 tons to Japan.   After China's ban, Japan preordered over 10,000 tons of Taiwan-grown pineapples as a gesture to thank Taiwan for its generosity in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeastern coast on March 11, 2011.  japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/03/15/business/pineapples-china-taiwan-imports-japan/

◆  Yahoo News,  3-30-2021:  The president of the Pacific island nation of Palau was visiting Taiwan on Tuesday along with the U.S. ambassador to his country, a show of solidarity as China increases diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan.  news.yahoo.com/palau-president-visits-taiwan-amid-052321185.html

 New York Times, 10-19-2020: 
Latest Clash Between China and Taiwan: A Fistfight in Fiji. (a country in Asia & Pacific)   Two mainland diplomats attended an event, uninvited, and took offense at symbols of Taiwan — including a flag on a cake. A scuffle ensued.
 Taiwan — It was supposed to be a quiet diplomatic event at a stylish beachside hotel in Fiji.  ... the latest example of rising tensions between the two governments.  (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/19/world/asia/china-taiwan-fiji-fight.html)

aljazeera  12-16-2020:  The uproar over the recent fisticuffs between Chinese and Taiwanese diplomats in Fiji may have subsided, with the Fijian police declaring the case closed, but the incident has left analysts in the Pacific concerned about what they called Beijing’s increasingly hostile tactics in the region. it was just one outcome of the intensifying geostrategic competition in the Pacific pitting China against the United States and its allies.  (aljazeera.com/features/2020/12/16/fiji-story)

Wall Street Journal, 9-20-2019: It’s clearly a big win for China having the two largest allies of Taiwan in the Pacific drop so quickly...   New York Times 9-20-2019:  As Taiwan Loses Influence, China Gains Ground in Race With U.S.

 Washington Post 9-25-2019: China’s growing dominance in the South Pacific is a defeat for an America in retreat.   


Taiwan-Latin America diplomacy/ foreign policy

 Global Times, 2021-5-12:  Time for Taiwan’s remaining ‘allies’ to think of their losses Taiwan's lingering relations with these "allies" are maintained through its "dollar diplomacy," which is not real diplomacy but an ill-functioned confrontation against the mainland with the help of the US...the relations those countries forged with Taiwan are all aimed at interests, and when Taiwan is incapable of offering the interests, it is normal that they turn their backs.   globaltimes.cn/page/202105/1223311.shtml

◆  ABCnews, 2022-1-18: Taiwan pays $900,000 for ally Guatemala to lobby Washington  abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/taiwan-pays-900000-ally-guatemala-lobby-washington-82320357


 WHBL (USA), 3-14-2021: Paraguay is Chinese-claimed Taiwan's sole remaining diplomatic ally in South America.  U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Paraguay to work with its diplomatic ally Taiwan to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.   The United States has expressed concern at Beijing's efforts to win over the remaining 15 countries which still have formal ties with Taipei and expand Chinese influence.        whbl.com/2021/03/14/u-s-urges-paraguay-to-work-with-taiwan-amid-pandemic-protests/

 Gzero, 3-17-2021: Taiwan's vaccine diplomacy: Taiwan has offered Paraguay, the only country in South America that recognizes its independence from China, assistance to procure COVID vaccines. We're watching ... if Taiwan can help Paraguay find enough vaccines ... conquering its last holdout in South America through its vaccine diplomacy.   gzeromedia.com/what-were-watching-netherlands-election-us-election-meddling-taiwans-vaccine-diplomacy-effort

 China Times, 3-18-2021, editorial: Taiwan's vaccine diplomacy is sad - According to news report and expert analysis, Taiwan is planning to donate about NT$ 2 hundred million to Paraguay to get COVID vaccines, therefore, the covering in Paraguay will be 28.6%, in contrast, that in Taiwan is only 0.5%.     chinatimes.com/opinion/20210318004639-262103?chdtv

 East Asia Forum, 3-4-2021:  In Feb. 2021,  China actually ‘knew’ about Taiwan’s decision to establish an unofficial trade office in Guyana, after all, China has not opposed Taiwan’s development of economic, trade and cultural relations with other countries.  The reality is that Taiwan’s foreign relations cannot be decoupled from cross-Strait relations.   But this time Taiwan publicly announced that Guyana’s ‘Taiwan Office’ had official functions and was equivalent to a ‘representative office’. Pro-independence media called this a ‘diplomatic breakthrough’. It is unfortunate for Taiwan that diplomacy has become a tool of domestic politics. Taiwan’s high-profile self-promotion provoked China and embarrassed Guyana.  (A</