Foreign minister Joseph Wu says Taiwan’s ties with its existing 20 allies are generally stable. Wu was speaking on Thursday in answer to questions at the Legislature.
Wu said Taiwan’s diplomacy has always been difficult due to pressure from China. However, Wu said he does not foresee any diplomatic allies cutting ties with Taiwan in the near future.
Wu said, “Even though there needs to be some more time and effort in [ties] with some allies, relations are all relatively stable. From what I see, I don’t foresee any allies cutting relations with Taiwan in the short run.”
Wu was asked about senior US State Department official Alex Wong’s current visit. He said Wong is here to see if Taiwan meets criteria to participate in the “Indo-Pacific Security Strategy”, a focus of the Trump administration.
Wu said, “Wong not only said Taiwan qualifies, he said that Taiwan is a democratic model in the Indo-Pacific region.”
Wu said the Indo-Pacific cooperation and Taiwan’s New Southbound policy complement each other. He believes the US will work with Taiwan in investment, education and cultural exchanges. The New Southbound policy aims to strengthen Taiwan’s ties with South and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.