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Taiwan’s ‘Look South’ Policy Aims to Reduce Dependency on China

By Felix Brender Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s administration launched the New Southbound Policy (NSP, 新南向政策) in late 2016, ostensibly to reduce dependence on China. The NSP is impressive in its scope (trade collaboration, talent exchange, resource sharing, and regional connectivity) and ...

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Argentina Scores $924 Million in Deals from China

Argentina’s Economy Minister Sergio Massa managed to secure almost a billion dollars‘ worth of investment deals on the first leg of his trip to China.
He is on an economic rescue mission, with talks expected to renew and extend a currency swap agreement in order to infuse much-needed foreign money into the Argentinian economy.

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WEEK IN REVIEW: United Nations Confirms India’s Population Will Surpass China’s This Week

The United Nations confirmed that India’s population will surpass that of China by the end of this week, hitting 1,425,775,850 people. This follows an earlier report from a different UN agency that predicted that India will become the world’s most populous country by the middle of this year. (BBC) ...

Guatemala Leans Into Its Support for “Republic of Taiwan”

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei pledged his country’s unconditional support for what he repeatedly called ‘the Republic of Taiwan.’ He is on a trip to Taipei following a visit by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to Guatemala City in early April. Giammattei repeatedly expressed support for ...

Taiwan, Not South China Sea is the Real Reason Behind the Expanding U.S. Military Presence in the Philippines, Says Prominent Chinese Analyst

This month's massive 17,000-strong joint U.S.-Philippines military exercises code-named Balikatan (Tagalog for "shoulder-to-shoulder") focused a lot of attention on drills in the South China/West Philippine Sea. The U.S. has deployed considerable military force to the South China Sea region in recent ...

WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Surveillance Ship Docks in South Africa’s Durban Harbor

A Chinese surveillance ship, which can track rocket launches, has docked in South Africa’s Durban harbor. The Yuan Wang 5 previously drew security complaints from India when it docked in Sri Lanka. Its stay in South Africa comes barely two months after Pretoria upset Western powers for its 

After a Setback in Honduras, Taiwan’s Diplomacy Gets a Small Boost in the South Pacific

The Fijian government allowed Taiwan to reinstate the old name of its representative office in the South Pacific island country to include its official moniker "The Republic of China." While a simple name change may not seem like a big deal, in ...

Honduras Says Adiós Taiwan, Formally Establishes Diplomatic Ties With China

Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina looked visibly pleased this weekend when he shook hands with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang after the pair formally oversaw the establishment of diplomatic ties. The signing ceremony took place at the Diaoyutai State ...

China’s Party-run Media Frames Honduras Switch as Part of Larger Struggle Against the U.S., Taiwan Independence

The Communist Party-run Global Times newspaper boasted in a series of articles over the weekend in both their English and Chinese editions that Honduras's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan is both a victory against "Taiwan separatists" and an embarrassment for the United States:

U.S. Analysts, Scholars Skeptical About the Benefits to Honduras From Ties With China

Honduran officials maintain that the decision to abandon ties with Taiwan in favor of China was an economic decision inspired by the hope of boosting Chinese trade and investment. But a number of U.S.-based scholars and analysts caution that those hopes ...

Taiwan President Heads to Central America to Bolster Ties With Two of the Island’s Last Few Diplomatic Allies

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will embark on a three-nation tour of the Americas that will include a stopover in the United States before heading to Belize and Guatemala, two of Taipei's last remaining diplomatic allies. Tsai's trip comes in the wake of 

Taiwan’s Next Challenge in the Americas: Paraguay

A delegation of lawmakers from Paraguay arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for what will be a critical test for Taipei to hold on to one of its last remaining diplomatic allies.  Last September, President Mario Abdo Benítez said it would cost Taipei ...
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