The Communist Party has strengthened its party-to-party diplomacy in an effort to further isolate Taiwan politically, according to a senior cadre. Dai Bingguo, director of the party's International Liaison Department, wrote in the party publication Seeking Truth that there was a campaign to befriend both ruling and opposition political parties in countries that recognised Taipei instead of Beijing. In the past five years, the Communist Party has forged relations with 20 political parties in 11 central American countries, Mr Dai wrote in an article published in the latest issue of the weekly magazine. The mainland's position on Taiwan means that other nations are forced to choose between diplomatic relations with Beijing or Taipei. Inevitably, Taipei has been left with just a handful of allies. There are 14 Latin American countries that recognise Taiwan. By forging relations with major parties in 11 of the 14 Taiwan allies, the mainland has 'gradually set the framework for the normalisation of relations with these countries', according to Mr Dai. Party diplomacy has the advantage of being an unofficial civilian exchange, making it easier for mainland China officials to deal with Taiwan's allies in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Mr Dai said. The Communist Party claims to have received nearly 50 missions from Taipei's allies over the past five years. The party has also organised a large number of reciprocal visits, including to countries that currently do not have diplomatic relations with mainland, the magazine added. Mr Dai, the top cadre in charge of international co-operation said economic exchanges had been the major item on the agenda during the meetings, although he did not give details about what incentives China was offering. We have been 'using party diplomacy as the stage while playing [off the script of] economic and trading activities', Mr Dai said. In recent years the Communist Party has recommended a number of foreign partners to economic departments in the mainland government, and 30 inspection tours had been organised, Mr Dai said. The policy appears to be helping Beijing's efforts to lure nations away from Taipei. China persuaded the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to the mainland in July. With Nauru's move, China now has ties with 164 countries. Taiwan is left with 27 diplomatic allies in Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.