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Taiwan tour is checkbook diplomacy

Friday, January 13, 2017

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen set off on a trip to Central America this week to shore up her country’s remaining handful of friendly states with formal diplomatic ties.

It’s a checkbook offensive designed to reassure Tsai’s few formal allies abroad — and her constituents at home — that Taiwan can retain its independence from mainland China following months of increased diplomatic pressure from Beijing.

Source: Foreign Policy