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Taiwan’s president all set to visit allies in first overseas trip

Tsai is expected to attend the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal

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TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen will visit allies Panama and Paraguay next month in her first overseas visit after assuming power.> Big News Network

According to reports, Tsai’s trip is also likely to include stop-overs in the U.S. but arrangements are still being made, Foreign Minister David Lee told legislators in the capital Taipei.

Tsai is expected to attend the inauguration of the expanded Panama Canal next month, which will also be attended by a representative from China.

According to reports, China has formal diplomatic ties with only 22 nations. It is an effort to isolate Taiwan which it claims to be its own territory.

Some observers expect China to reduce Taiwan’s diplomatic ties. It will be to pressurise Tsai, who, since her inauguration last week has refused to promote Beijing’s stance that Taiwan is a part of China.

Her Democratic Progressive Party also endorses the island’s independence.

China’s renewed efforts to take away Taiwan’s remaining allies could mean that China is trying to get tough on Tsai’s administration.

Reports say that China, in March, established diplomatic ties with Gambia, with which Taiwan had cut relations since 2013.

It can be seen as breaking the diplomatic truce between the two nations that had lasted under Tsai’s predecessor.

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