Minister denies claims of worsening diplomatic ties


TAIPEI–Taiwan’s diplomatic relations remain stable and there is no chance that any ties will be severed, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Tung Kuo-yu stressed yesterday, following recent rumors that ties with two allies have turned sour.

“There has absolutely been no change to the Republic of China’s relations with foreign friends. Taiwan’s ties, whether with Panama or Saint Lucia, are not faced with the problem of severance,” Tung said in response to a question by opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Chen Ting-fei at a legislative committee hearing.

If the diplomatic relations with the two countries are cut, he will be willing to step down, Tung underlined at the hearing of the Legislative Foreign and National Defense Committee.

Asked why Taiwan’s new ambassador to Panama, Diego Chou, had so far not been able to visit Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to deliver his letters of credence since assuming the overseas post in January, Tung said it was because Martinelli had been very busy in the past months.