Nov 29, 2017 Culture Comments Off on Taiwan keeping a close watch on allies Vatican, Palau and Honduras
China's recent art diplomacy with the Vatican has prompted speculation that it may lead to official diplomatic ties. The two countries are working together to promote exhibits that will open simultaneously at the Vatican Museums and the Forbidden City complex.
At the legislature on Wednesday, Foreign Minister David Lee said that they are on top of the situation:
"Our embassy pretty much sends a telegraph daily. We are watching this closely. I personally speak with all important visitors from the Vatican. I've also been to the Vatican and spoke with top officials," Lee said.
There has also been speculation that China is pressuring Palau to change diplomatic ties as it has just barred Chinese tour groups from going there. China is Palau's largest source of tourists. Foreign Minister Lee said that ties with Palau have been a headache but challenges are surmountable.
Meanwhile, in the Central American country of Honduras, both presidential candidates have claimed to win the very close presidential election and the count won't be finalized until Thursday. Lee said that Taiwan has ties and contacts with both sides.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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