Lawmakers launch friendship associations to deepen ties with official allies (2020/06/29)
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    Lawmakers launch friendship associations to deepen ties with official allies (2020/06/29)

    The Legislative Yuan on Monday launched two "friendship associations" that will focus on deepening relations with Taiwan's diplomatic allies. Representatives from 13 diplomatic allies attended the event, which was punctuated with sounds of protest from KMT lawmakers outside.

    The Legislative Yuan held a meeting on Monday to announce the formation of two parliamentary friendship associations, one for Taiwan’s Central and South American and Caribbean allies, and the other for Eswatini, Taiwan’s only ally in Africa. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Miguel Tsao shook hands with the 13 dignitaries present at the event, all while a protest unfolded outside.

    Voices amplified with a megaphone could be heard in the hall, but business went on as usual. The founder of the associations, lawmaker Chiu Chih-wei, said that as a democratic country, Taiwan was no stranger to protests.

    Chiu Chih-wei
    I’ve been in the Legislative Yuan almost 10 years. I’ve seen such political resistance and partisan conflict many times. But I think that, no matter the political party, we all have the same general goals when it comes to parliamentary diplomacy.

    Pressure from China has put Taiwan in a bind overseas, and it’s now down to just 15 diplomatic allies. That’s four in Central America, four in the Caribbean, another four in the Pacific Ocean, plus Paraguay in South America, Eswatini in Africa and the Vatican in Europe. Nicaraguan Ambassador to Taiwan William Tapia took the opportunity to thank Taiwan for extending a helping hand as soon as the pandemic broke out.

    William Tapia
    Nicaraguan ambassador
    Taiwan was the No. 1 helping us in many, many things. I think that a lot of us present here have something to say about it, because your help has been so great that we have been able to fight this terrible pandemic.

    Miguel Tsao
    Deputy foreign affairs minister
    I hope that through the two associations founded today, we can deepen the friendship between the people and the governments of these regions.

    Through these new groups, lawmakers hope to deepen Taiwan’s relations with its allies via diplomatic, economic, cultural and educational exchanges, while boosting cooperation and development in the private sector.
    中文 Chinese  
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    [[尼加拉瓜共和國大使William Tapia]]



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