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Isolating Taiwan will backfire on China, island's premier says

Lin Chuan argues stealing allies will only hurt cross-strait ties

Taiwanese Premier Lin Chuan speaks during an interview in Taipei on June 23. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

TAIPEI China's efforts to steal Taiwan's diplomatic allies will only hurt cross-strait relations, Taiwanese Premier Lin Chuan told the Nikkei Asian Review in an exclusive interview.

Lin's comments come after Panama cut ties with Taiwan in mid-June and forged relations with China instead. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela's decision shocked many in Taiwan, as the Central American country had long been a key ally.

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