2020/10/31  
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
    Lawmaker
    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  
    我國與中南美.加勒比海.非洲 成立友好協會

    台灣與中南美及加勒比海還有非洲等友邦成立友好協會,13位外國使節親自參加,希望深化各國的友好,加強國會外交、經貿、文教等工作。不過,碰巧國民黨團發動抗爭,大聲公傳來陣陣抗議聲,也讓外國使節們對於台灣的民主自由有更深刻的印象。

    我國與非洲以及中南美與加勒比海友邦的友好協會成立大會上午在立院舉行,外交部次長曹立傑與13國友邦代表一一握手寒暄,但是門外卻不時傳來抗議聲。

    大聲公高分貝的放送聲一清二楚,還好友好的氣氛並沒有因此受到影響。協會發起人立委邱志偉說,台灣是民主國家,類似的抗爭事件常常有。

    [[立委邱志偉]]
    “我在立法院已經將近10年了,也見過這種抗爭跟政黨的競爭,但是我們還是認為,不管是任何政黨競爭,我們的目標、大方向,在國會外交應該是一致的。”

    台灣在中國的打壓下,外交處境艱困,目前只剩15個邦交國,包括中美洲4國、加勒比海島國4國、太平洋島國4國,以及南美洲的巴拉圭、非洲史瓦帝尼、歐洲梵蒂岡。其中,尼加拉瓜大使感激台灣在疫情期間第一時間伸出援手。

    [[尼加拉瓜共和國大使William Tapia]]
    “台灣是第一個幫助我們的,幫忙很多,我想說的是,你們幫了很大的忙,讓我們能對抗疫情。”

    [[外交部次長曹立傑]]
    “希望透過今天這兩個協會的成立,能夠昇化我們跟這區塊的,人民和政府的友誼。”

    友好協會的成立主要是希望深化與友邦的關係,希望未來加強外交、經貿、文教等交流,進而提升民間互助合作及發展。

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