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“Taiwan innovates in unofficial diplomacy”


INTERVIEW – On the occasion of the Taiwanese president's trip to the United States, researcher Barthélémy Courmont explains that the island has never been so supported despite the shrinking of its official diplomatic relations.

Barthélémy Courmont is a lecturer in history at the Catholic University of Lille.

He is also research director at IRIS and head of the Asia-Pacific program.

A fine connoisseur of Taiwan, he has accompanied senatorial delegations to the Chinese province on several occasions.


FIGARO.- The President of Taiwan is embarking on a ten-day

diplomatic tour

of the United States, Guatemala and Belize.

Does Taiwan still have unwavering allies against China?

Barthélémy COURMONT.-

Taiwan has fewer and fewer diplomatic partners but paradoxically more and more unofficial support, outside the machinery of classic diplomatic recognition.

This move by President Tsai Ing-wen serves to pamper the last diplomatic partners and avoid an acceleration effect.

But the most important thing is the American stopover which will give visibility to Taiwan, even if the United States does not officially recognize Taiwan.


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Source: lefigaro

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