ith Taiwan losing allies left and right, Tsai Ing-wen is now pulling out all the stops to impress foreign leaders.
At a state banquet at the Presidential Office Building on Friday, Lionel Aingimea, the president of the Republic of Nauru, was served a dish of stinky tofu.
While you might think the smell alone would be enough to frighten Aingimea over to Beijing’s side, it turns out that the leader is actually a big fan of the smelly snack. He called the dish “unforgettable,” apparently meaning that in a good way.
The Pacific island nation of Nauru is one of only 15 countries that still have full diplomatic relations with Taiwan. That number has been quickly dwindling in recent years as Beijing pries away Taipei’s allies by splashing out investments.
In September, the nations of Kiribati and Solomon Islands both switched sides, leading Taiwan to deny there was any sort of domino effect operating in the Pacific — but making sure to shore things up with stinky tofu, just in case.