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Taiwan buys Washington lobbyist for ally

Added 01-19-22 12:37:02am EST - “Taiwan spent some $900,000 on a lobbying campaign for its ally Guatemala in a bid to improve the county's ties with the US.” - Rt.com

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Taiwan spent some $900,000 on a lobbying campaign for its ally Guatemala in a bid to improve the county’s ties with the US.

Taiwan has shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a lobbying campaign aiming to help Guatemala strengthen relations with the US, weeks after another Central American state broke ties with Taipei in favor of China.

A contract worth $900,000 was recently paid for by the Taiwanese government, officials in Guatemala said on Monday, thanking the island for “support that will allow us to enhance the country's position in the United States.”

The deal was struck with an American PR firm, Ballard Partners, and involves lobbying “related to the United States government, including interactions with United States government officials,” according to public filings cited by Reuters.

Though Taipei has yet to comment on the agreement publicly, the move comes a little more than a month after Nicaragua ditched relations with Taiwan and re-established diplomatic ties with China, triggering a sharp condemnation from officials on the island. Nicaragua was among just a handful of states that recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation, as Beijing has long considered it part of its own territory.

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