Taiwan ‘determined’ to play international role, despite Chinese pressure
07 September 2020 | 11:00 am
In an exclusive interview with DW, Taiwan's foreign minister, Joseph Wu, said Taipei would need to improve self-defense and deepen relationships with like-minded countries as military pressure from Beijing increases.
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