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Taiwan's 'parliamentary diplomacy' is ideal option under China's watchful eye

Amid pressure from China, Taiwan is facing "unprecedented difficulties" in its bid to engage in diplomatic affairs. PHOTO: REUTERS
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TAIPEI - After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, several Taiwanese lawmakers went on so-called "parliamentary diplomacy" trips last month to the United States and Europe.

Such networking trips occurred quite regularly before the pandemic and legislators seemed eager to resume the tradition. They met with their counterparts in the US, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to keep Taiwan's soft power diplomacy going.

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