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Taiwan Quick Take: Report sees souring relations


The situation across the Taiwan Strait deteriorated last month as Taiwan and China stepped up their diplomatic war of attrition, according to the latest issue of CrisisWatch released on Friday by the private think tank International Crisis Group (ICG). While Beijing lured Chad into re-establishing diplomatic relations with China last month, China also continued pursuing negotiations with three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies -- Guatemala, Paraguay and Sao Tome and Principe -- for oil or gas exploration, the report noted. Meanwhile, Taiwan rallied support in Central America and the Solomon Islands for its 14th attempt to gain UN membership, with several states writing to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Aug. 10 requesting that the issue be raised at the UN General Assembly this month, the report said.

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