TAIPEI – Taiwan’s diplomatic ties with the Dominican Republic are now stable following a series of visits by top officials last month, the Taiwanese foreign minister said on Thursday.
David Lee was responding to opposition allegation that the Dominican Republic might be switching over allegiance to Beijing.
Diplomatic sources in Taiwan said the Caribbean country might have considered ties with Beijing a few months ago, but in the end had decided in favor of Taiwan.
However, media reports in the last one week that said China has offered to invest $820 million in incinerators, power generators, housing and other infrastructures in the Caribbean country had led fresh concern in Taiwan.
China had also reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dominican Republic, despite the two not sharing diplomatic ties.
Taiwan, meanwhile, had intensified its contacts with the Dominican Republic, whose vice foreign minister Jose Maria Liu had visited Taipei twice in the last few months; in August and in late October.
During his last visit Liu had also confirmed bilateral cooperation projects, according to the head of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, Diego Chou.
Following Liu’s visit, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan visited the Dominican Republic on October 27, said Chou, who described the announcement of multi-billion dollar Chinese investments in the Dominican Republic as mere rumors.
Taiwan maintains diplomatic ties with some 20 countries, with about 10 of them in Latin America and the Caribbean.