Taiwan wants greater ties with Poland - Taiwanese FM


Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told has PAP that Taiwanese-Polish relations were on an upward swing, with Poland an increasingly attractive venue for Taiwanese tourists, businesspeople and students.

Wu said Taiwan wanted to tighten its relations with Poland.

The foreign minister said that the current trade war between China and the US and the resulting economic slowdown in China was forcing many Taiwanese investors in China to seek new markets. He added that some were planning to resettle in Taiwan, while others were eyeing South-East Asia, Mexico and Central-Eastern Europe.

Commenting on Polish-Taiwanese relations, Wu said they were visibly improving, especially in recent years. As an example he named a recent mutual legal aid agreement, which, he said, will be very helpful in expanding mutual relations.

Wu said Poland was becoming increasingly attractive for the Taiwanese as a tourist and business venue, adding that also more and more young Taiwanese wanted to study at Polish universities.

According to the minister, the driving force behind improving bilateral ties was the fact that both Taiwan and Poland were democracies and shared similar values.

China's communist authorities consider Taiwan a rebellious province, Taiwan's democratically elected government holds it for independent from China. Poland does not recognise Taiwan as an independent state and has no official diplomatic relations with the country but accepts the status quo.