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UPDATE: Paraguay, Pacific Island Leaders to Attend Taiwan Inauguration

Eight heads of state will be among the 51 international delegations attending the inauguration of Taiwan's new leader next week, Taipei said Friday. Incoming president Lai Ching-te will be sworn in on Monday against a backdrop of increasing diplomatic and military ...

Paraguay Leader to Attend Taiwan Inauguration

Paraguay's President Santiago Pena will attend the inauguration of Taiwan's new leader, a high-ranking government official said Thursday. This makes him the first head of state to confirm his presence at the ceremony. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP ...

China, Paraguay Trade Barbs Over Soy Trade

The Chinese government refuted claims by Paraguayan President Santiago Peña that even though the South American country maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan, it will nonetheless continue to sell soybeans to China. "Contrary to what President Peña said, China has imported zero soy ...

China Bolsters Ties With Uruguay in a Bid to Diversify Its Economic Relations in South America

China is moving to bolster its diplomatic ties in South America in a bid to pressure one of the region's lone holdouts that still recognizes Taiwan and diversify its trade beyond the continent's major powers. Uruguayan President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou ...

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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Zimbabwe Agreement Could Signal China’s Return to African Rail

TransTech, a subsidiary of China Railway Group, reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) that could lead to a recapitalization of the country’s railway network.
Bloomberg reports that the agreement is currently limited to studying the project and producing a feasibility report by the end of June. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said: “It is our expectation that in the upcoming Forum for China and Africa taking place ...