No tie? No problem as China courts Taiwan's remaining allies
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#1 Sep 27, 2013
This is another thread which signals the re-unification soon
#2 Sep 27, 2013
The world's second largest economy is gaining soft power with a series of investments commitments in Central America, home to the last significant bloc of countries that still maintain formal ties with Taiwan.
But instead of jumping on the chance to make new allies, China is stalling on Central American requests to establish diplomatic relations. The goal is to avoid galling Taiwanese voters, as Beijing is also courting the administration of the island's president, Ma Ying-jeou.
This leaves China with a trump card if cross-straits relations turn cooler under future administrations. It could then pull the diplomatic rug out from under Taiwan by engineering a mass defection of its remaining friends.
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