Taiwan’s foreign ministry building. The island’s government lashed out after one of its oldest allies, Panama, switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing. Photo: EPA

Angry Taiwan threatens rethink of cross-strait relations as Panama switches ties to Beijing

Island accuses the mainland of stoking confrontation and lashes out at ‘chequebook diplomacy’

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Taiwan’s foreign ministry building. The island’s government lashed out after one of its oldest allies, Panama, switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing. Photo: EPA
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.