Taiwan to host business summit with C. American states

Taiwan will host a business summit in Taipei with eight of its diplomatic allies from Central America in a bid to cement ties with those countries in the face of growing diplomatic squeeze from China, officials said Thursday.

Taiwan to host business summit with C. American states
"Some 50 economic ministers and business leaders as well as news media representatives from the eight countries will attend the event to be held in Taipei on Monday," said Foreign Minister James Huang.

Participants will discuss ways to enhance economic cooperation, trade exchanges, investments, and market opportunities, he said.

The eight countries, Belize, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua, are among just 23 nations which recognize Taipei instead of Beijing diplomatically.

China, a rival of Taiwan since the two sides split at the end of a civil war in 1949, has made great efforts over the years to woo away Taiwan's official allies.

Beijing still considers Taipei an integral part of China, and warns other countries against forging ties with Taiwan.

Agencies
Last Mod: 07 Mart 2008, 14:00
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