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MOFA working to pre-empt Beijing: foreign minister

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Minister of Foreign Affairs James Huang (黃志芳) outlined his "21st century global village diplomatic policy" at the legislature yesterday.

While delivering a report at a meeting of the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Committee, Huang said the new policy is an "updated, situation-coping" policy that also stresses Taiwan's distinct identity.

He said the policy includes four major strategies for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow: Assuming a more "combative" approach in diplomatic efforts to counter China's attempts to suppress Taiwan in the international arena; adopting a "blue ocean strategy" to build relations with other countries; promoting the "Taiwan experience" abroad and adopting an "environmental diplomacy" strategy.

China's efforts to suppress Taiwan's maneuvering space in the international arena have reached an "insane level," he said, adding that the ministry's "frontline" personnel must work more aggressively to pre-empt Beijing's attempts to isolate Taiwan.

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