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Right. I'm going to live tweet (slightly delayed) the address by Taiwan's President @iingwen to @ASPI_org Should be interesting! 1/
Tsai says the relationship between Taiwan and Australia has grown closer. Both are pursuing "an increased number of issues and opportunities" in education, trade, security, science 2/
Interesting. Tsai says Australia and Taiwan helped each other deal with #Covid She says Australia "graciously offered" Taiwan one million litres of alcohol to make hand sanitiser. Taiwan supplied Australia with three tons of "the key raw material for surgical mask production" 3/
Now Tsai is praising Taiwan-Australia economic ties. She says "my hope is to begin negotiations for a Taiwan-Australia economic cooperation agreement in the very near future" (!) But has Australia actually indicated it's open to this? Surely not. (Will check) 4/
Tsai also says she hopes Australia will support Taiwan's inclusion in the CPTPP (this is unlikely) 5/
The President says she commends Taiwan's "democratic allies" like the US, Australia and Canada for strongly supporting the people of Hong Kong as China cracks down on the city 6/
Interesting. Tsai says Taiwan is working to help Pacific Island nations (presumably just its remaining allies in the region) to fight disinformation. She doesn't say how. But she wants Australia and Taiwan to cooperate on this front … 7/
Tsai- "we have noticed Australia's efforts to build greater support for democracy and freedom and to raise awareness of challenges posed by authoritarian actors and states. Taiwan is proud of our democracy and are encouraged by Australia's dedication" 8/
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