Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen visited countries since taking office despite strong supposition over whether China will tighten its diplomatic iron grip on the self-governing island that claims as its own territory.
President Tsai heading for Panama and Paraguay considered as its two diplomatic allies. Speaking at Taoyuan International Airport, the President told reporters that her trip was aimed at raising Taiwan’s international profile, also to visit Taiwanese citizens and organizations based in the said countries, and to strengthen economic cooperation with Latin American nations.
Tsai Ing-wen also expected to meet with US Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife Jill Biden and some Japanese officials.
Foreign observers expect China to increase the pressure in Taiwan in order to oblige President Tsai to endorse Beijing’s position that Taiwan is part of China, but the President stoutly leaning on the country’s independence.
To this date, Taiwan has formal diplomatic relations with twenty-two (22) countries, twelve (12) in Latin America and the Carribean islands, six (6) in the Asia-Pacific region, three (3) in Africa, and one (1) in Europe.