Taiwan's pragmatic approach - is it enough?

Its latest tussle to hold on to Honduras as an ally shows the pressure it is under as China grows in clout internationally.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen meeting members of a lawmakers’ delegation from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Taipei in November. PHOTO: REUTERS
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With diplomatic ties with Honduras having lasted decades, Taiwan's Vice-President Lai Ching-te was there last month for the inauguration of its latest president. But his presence was a close-run thing.

Behind the scenes, it was only pressure from major trading partner the United States that resulted in Honduras including its old ally, Taiwan.

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