The Formosan pangolin is a nocturnal mammal that feeds primarily on ants and termites. Formosa is another name for Taiwan, dating back to 1542 when Portuguese sailors sighted the island. Photo: AFP
The Formosan pangolin is a nocturnal mammal that feeds primarily on ants and termites. Formosa is another name for Taiwan, dating back to 1542 when Portuguese sailors sighted the island. Photo: AFP
Maria Siow
Opinion

Opinion

Maria Siow

Will Taiwan’s ‘pangolin diplomacy’ be a turning point or a double-edged sword?

  • Beijing’s panda diplomacy ushered in a new era for China, and Taipei hopes that sending pangolins to Prague may help it win friends and find a stronger voice
  • But if pushed too far, pangolin diplomacy may heighten Beijing’s fears that Taiwan is exerting itself too prominently, or inching closer to independence

The Formosan pangolin is a nocturnal mammal that feeds primarily on ants and termites. Formosa is another name for Taiwan, dating back to 1542 when Portuguese sailors sighted the island. Photo: AFP
The Formosan pangolin is a nocturnal mammal that feeds primarily on ants and termites. Formosa is another name for Taiwan, dating back to 1542 when Portuguese sailors sighted the island. Photo: AFP
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