Haiti

Expert Voices

Taiwan striving to keep Caribbean allies beyond China's reach

Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen waving from behind a lectern
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei. Photo: Ashley Pon/Getty Images

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's tour through the Caribbean reflects Taiwan's imperative to reinforce relationships with allies vulnerable to poaching by China.

The big picture: Only 17 countries continue to recognize Taiwan instead of the People’s Republic of China, and the majority are in Latin America and the Caribbean. Tsai's 10-day trip follows 2 years of bad news, as Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic have all broken decades-long diplomatic ties with Taipei in order to extend official ties to Beijing.

Trump administration extends deportation protections for four countries

Demonstrators outside the White House protesting against the decision by the administration to terminate TPS for people from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua.
Demonstrators outside the White House protesting against the decision by the administration to terminate TPS for people from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security filed a notice Thursday that it's extending special immigration protections for about 300,000 immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua until January 2020, after a federal judge temporarily blocked the administration from rescinding the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program last year.

The backdrop: The immigrants are citizens of nations ravaged by natural or man-made disasters who were allowed to live and work in the U.S. while their home countries recovered. Many have been living in the U.S. for more than two decades, with the government arguing that the program was created to provide temporary aid and shouldn't be continually extended. An end to the program would force immigrants to leave or face deportation.

Go deeper: Judge blocks Trump administration from ending temporary protected status