On July 4, Foreign Affairs Minister David Lee was debriefed at the Legislative Yuan on President Tsai's recent state visit to Panama and Paraguay. Lee said President Tsai's foreign policy, officially titled "Steadfast Diplomacy," includes firmly increasing Taiwan's visibility internationally and building relations with more free and democratic countries. Lee revealed that Taiwan's diplomatic relations with Panama and Paraguay are steady, but not the same can be said for all other allies.
Minister Lee attended the committee session and reports on President Tsai's overseas trip to Panama and Paraguay. Minister says President Tsai's foreign policy is set as "Steadfast Diplomacy."
==DAVID LEE MOFA Minister and CHIANG CHI-CHEN KMT Legislator==
Part of it is called "Flexible Diplomacy," it's like creating a brand over a new packaging, and we called it "Steadfast Diplomacy." I think the major difference is the focus on mutual benefits, a win-win relation.
Minister Lee emphasizes that Taiwan's diplomatic relations with the two nations are steady, however with some other diplomatic nations, the relations appear to be in danger.
==DAVID LEE MOFA Minister and WANG TING-YU, DPP Legislator==
All our diplomatic relations with other nations are steady? (Not all of them.) Some are not stable? (Right) To what extend? I won't ask you which country. (I can't say more at public occasions.) Has China indeed already started a war on diplomacy? (The pressure is always present. We don't have the right to be pessimistic, we have to work with optimism.)
President Tsai's trip expenditure plus former President Ma's final overseas trip expenditures totaled up to an overdraft of NT$30 million. Lee says President Tsai would not have enough fund to make another overseas trip this year. Regarding Vice President Chen's proposed trip to visit the Vatican City State in September, Lee says the proposal is yet to be confirmed. Also, the arbitration on the territorial dispute over South China Sea is set to be released on July 12th. Minister Lee says MOFA would not compromise over the sovereignty issues.
==DAVID LEE MOFA Minister==
When the arbitration result is released, we will carefully examine it. Our government has a clear position, sovereignty is absoluteness and we do not compromise.
Some media reported that China to conduct military exercises from July 5th to 11th over Paracel Islands in South China Sea, just days ahead of arbitration result. Minister Lee says the National Security Council already had meetings and will have another one today for preparing responsive actions.
TRANSLATED BY：ANTHONY LIN
記者 李曉儒 王興中 陳昌維 台北報導