China unlikely to sway Taiwan allies in short term: Foreign minister

Foreign Minister David Lee says that Taiwan’s diplomatic allies are unlikely to establish formal ties with China in the near future.

Lee was speaking Wednesday before a conference on security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

China regards Taiwan as part of its territory even though the two sides have been ruled separately for more than 60 years. It requires all countries seeking to establish formal diplomatic relations to cut their ties with Taiwan first.

Since US President-elect Donald Trump questioned the United States’ commitment to this one China policy, there have been rumors that China will redouble efforts to isolate Taiwan by winning over its allies. However, Foreign Minister David Lee said that Taiwan’s 22 embassies abroad are careful and alert.

Lee also spoke about Taiwan’s ties with the US. He said that Taiwan’s unofficial relationship with the United States has been stable since 1979. He also said he believes the US views stable ties with Taiwan as an asset rather than a liability.

Lee said he looks forward to continued cooperation with the US during the administration of Donald Trump. He also called Trump’s pick for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a successful CEO with international experience and said that Taiwan looks forward to working with the US State Department under his leadership.

Source: Radio Taiwan International