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Rubio raises concerns over Paraguay ties

2018-05-16
  • US Senator Marco Rubio

    US Senator Marco Rubio

    US Senator Marco Rubio (pictured) has warned that Paraguay could be the next country to cut off ties with Taiwan. (Photo by CNA)

The foreign ministry said Wednesday that Taiwan’s ties with Paraguay are secure and that all bilateral exchanges are going smoothly.

 

The words came one day after US Senator Marco Rubio warned that Paraguay, Taiwan’s only diplomatic ally in South America, could be the next country to cut off ties. On March 1, the Dominican Republic broke off ties with Taiwan and established diplomatic relations with Beijing.

 

Rubio expressed his concerns on Tuesday, while meeting officials from the US State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. The officials said that the United States believes keeping the status quo is key to maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. They said the US has clearly expressed its position to Beijing and all its partners in the region.

 

The foreign ministry expressed gratitude for Rubio’s concern. The ministry also said that it will continue to work to secure Taiwan’s ties with its allies and fight for a more prominent position on the international stage.