National interests may not be challenged: MAC

Taiwan will not sit idly by when its national interests are being repeatedly challenged. That's the word from Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy minister Lin Cheng-yi on Thursday.

Lin was speaking at a symposium on Cross-Strait Relations Re-examined: Toward a New Normal? The forum was sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think tank based in Washington DC.

China has moved to isolate Taiwan in the international community. But Lin said the government's pledge to maintain the cross-strait status quo remains unchanged. He said however that Taiwan will not engage in dollar diplomacy and the country will continue seeking self-sufficiency in military hardware.

Under pressure from China, Panama switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing last month. The West African country of Sao Tome and Principe cut ties with Taiwan last December, leaving Taiwan with only two allies in Africa.

Lin said China's diplomatic maneuvering has added more uncertainties to cross-strait ties.

Source: Radio Taiwan International