TAIPEI – The president of Taiwan on Wednesday invited the president of Dominican Republic to visit the island soon to boost bilateral ties amid growing international pressure by China on Taipei.
Tsai Ing-wen extended the invitation to Danilo Medina through the outgoing Dominican Republic ambassador to Taiwan, Rafaela Albuquerque, in a meeting between the two at the presidential palace.
The Taiwanese president, who is from the Democratic Progressive Party, asked the ambassador to convey the invitation to Medina and his wife to visit Taiwan to strengthen the alliance between the allies.
The Taiwanese leader thanked Albuquerque for her contribution to bilateral relations as the ambassador for almost six years and asked her to continue supporting the island in her own country’s congress and promote the participation of Taiwan in international organizations.
Dominican Republic is one of 12 countries of Latin American and the Caribbean, and one of 21 countries throughout the world, which maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan, and not with China.
Since taking office in May 2016, Tsai has made two trips to her political allies in Latin America, the first to Panama and Paraguay toward the end of June 2016, and the second to Guatemala, Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras in January 2017.
Amid growing international pressure from Beijing, the Taiwanese president is stepping up efforts to foster ties with diplomatic allies and with the United States, the main guarantor of Taiwan’s security, and has launched a program to develop the country’s own planes and submarines.