Now I know Taiwan’s “diplomatic allies” routinely take the Michael. I’ll never forget Costa Rica jumping ship in 2005 after voting no to get the Taiwan issue on the UN agenda! (I swear the rep – it wasn’t the actual ambassador – even had the cheek to claim he didn’t understand the question!)
But Paraguay, Taiwan’s sole ally in south America, should show some gratitude. I mean, the KMT was always willing to play host to lovable dictator Alfredo Stroessnor when no one else would give the paedophilic psychopath the time of day. And, given Taiwan’s record of training
fascist torturers Latin American police forces, we might speculate that Paraguay’s late Torturer in Chief Pastor Coronel compared notes with his counterparts at the Taiwan Garrison Command.
So, Paraguay, in appreciation of this deep friendship has decided to waive visa requirements for Taiwanese visitors. Well, kind of. Well, actually, not really at all. The droves of Formosans positively itching to visit the exotic country are now able to pick up a visa on landing. Asuncion is offering “this preferential treatment unilaterally” for a mere US$100. A hundred jib for a visa that’s supposedly not really a visa anymore?! Sounds like a proper piss take to me.
Considering British nationals can travel there for free, this doesn’t strike me as quite the diplomatic coup that MOFA Director-General of Central and South American Affairs Jaime Wu is making out when he gushes about “greater convenience” and “Taiwan’s gratitude for the facility”. Grow a pair, mate, and politely ask the Paraguayans: “Are you lot having a laugh, you cheeky buggers?!”
On a related note, I’d recommend John Gimlette’s At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig, a travel/history book on Paraguay. It’s magic and makes me want to visit the country to sample it’s craziness first hand. Be an opportunity for the gf to avail herself of the new “convenient” visa regulations, too …