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Taiwan sags under unrelenting Chinese diplomatic pressure

Diminishing list of allies has Tsai administration mulling foreign policy shift

Panama's Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo, left, poses with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during a June 13 joint news conference in Beijing to announce the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between the two countries. The move is a significant blow to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

TAIPEI -- China is on a relentless drive in ramping up diplomatic pressure on Taiwan by chipping away at the island's small remaining network of allies. 

China's latest move in a strategic soft power offensive against what it sees as a renegade province bore fruit on June 13, when Panama announced its decision to sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan and establish formal ties with Beijing.

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