Panama cutting ties with Taiwan seems logical, because China is the second-largest user of the Panama Canal, and because other countries flock to China because of its economic influence [“Taiwan defiant as Panama cuts off diplomatic ties in shift toward China,” World, June 14]. But this is not only a existential threat to the Taiwanese people; it also is a deliberate provocation across the strait and in the region. The truce is over. China’s threat to Taiwan’s way of life runs deeper than chipping away at its number of diplomatic allies. This was a major diplomatic setback for Taiwan, as Beijing’s actions have greatly affected the currently stable status quo.
Grace Wang, Potomac Falls
The writer is an adviser to the Taiwan Benevolent Association of America.