Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian has called on Australia to end its 33-year ban on Taiwanese leaders visiting the country as he appealed for Canberra to push his case for an invitation to next month’s leaders’ summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum.
His requests, made in an exclusive interview with The Australian, will create a diplomatic and political dilemma for John Howard.
Taiwan’s democratic credentials mean his requests will be difficult for Canberra to reject outright. However, any diplomatic assistance to Taiwan would infuriate the Chinese Government.
UPDATE: See also: Ban stays on visits from Taiwan by John Kerin on The Australian.