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Taiwan, China wooing Scotland

By Colin Alexander

It therefore seems probable that should Scotland gain independence from the UK, it will become a formal ally of China. Yet, it is also clear that Taiwan has been performing a charm offensive of its own toward Scottish politicians and that some of them at least have become quite enamoured with Taiwan’s Scottish heritage and the emotive symbolism of the Scottish Taiwan tartan.

These are interesting developments given the ongoing diplomatic truce between the two sides, the significance of which will become clearer as we move closer to Scotland’s referendum date next year.

Colin Alexander is a Scottish academic currently studying Taiwan’s public diplomacy as part of a Ministry of Foreign Affairs research fellowship.

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