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Nothing trivial in Tsai’s hopscotch tour

Monday, January 16, 2017


President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan was hopscotching across Central America this week, attending the inauguration of Nicaragua’s president, Daniel Ortega, touring Guatemala’s colonial city of Antigua and visiting the shrine of Honduras’s patron saint.

From a global perspective, it is the sort of tour that looks like a diplomatic asterisk. But there is nothing trivial about it for Tsai, who is in Central America to shore up relationships amid increasing pressure from China.

Source: New York Times