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China targeting Taiwan offices abroad

PANAMA AFTERMATH:Two allies may be at risk of shifting recognition to China, which is also pressuring other nations to change the name of Taiwan’s missions

By Chen Wei-han, Abraham Gerber and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

However, Panama was marked “green” when it decided to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan, suggesting flaws in the ministry’s intelligence collection system, he said.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers asked the ministry to reassess ties with diplomatic allies as if they were all marked “red,” because there is no sign of China easing pressure on Taiwan.

Meanwhile, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said the nation would not cave in to pressure, despite Beijing’s relentless aggression.

“It is internationally understood that Beijing is unilaterally changing the ‘status quo’ in cross-strait relations. Its provocation does not only affect regional peace and stability, but has destroyed interactions between Taiwan and China,” Tsai said at the DPP’s Central Standing Committee meeting.

“Under such circumstances, we will re-evaluate the cross-strait situation and we will be firmer against pressure [from Beijing]. We will definitely not compromise under threat,” she said.

The national security team has done everything it could to ensure Taiwan’s survival in the international arena, but the nation refuses to make compromises on national dignity and sovereignty, she said.

Taiwan could solidify relations with other countries with its soft power and maintain its presence in the international realm, she said. “Although faced with Chinese pressure and unfavorable international conditions, Taiwan’s values and status in the international society will stay unchanged,” Tsai said.

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