Foreign Minister Claims Economic Relations with China Not Replaceable

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Foreign Minister Claims Economic Relations with China Not Replaceable


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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As President-elect Tsai Ing-wen ponders a "new southward" foreign policy to establish closer ties with Southeast Asian nations, Foreign Minster David Lin ([...]) noted that Taiwan's trade relations with China cannot be replaced.

While Tsai wants to pivot to markets to Southeast Asia and India, China remains an important economic partner to Taiwan. The relationship across the strait has wide ramifications, Lin said, adding that only peaceful one can ensure stability in relations with others.

"Where can you find a market to replace mainland China?" the minister asked in an interview with local media outlet Apple Daily. While tourism from Southeast Asia is growing, the number is unlikely to match that of China.

Last week Tsai paid a visit to the Foreign Ministry to be briefed on Taiwan's diplomatic efforts over the past eight years. An easing of tensions across the strait will win Taiwan more wiggle room on the international stage, Lin told Tsai.

When asked if President Ma Ying-jeou's cross-strait policy is in line with the "easing of tensions," Lin said the "1992 Consensus" is viewed as a great political pillar by Ma. And whether Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party consents or intends to endorse the consensus is unknown. …

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