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London for the monitor. Taiwan's indigenous populations may have more historical and linguistic ties with Pacific islanders than mainland Chinese. And therein lies a unique diplomatic bridge for the rest of modern Taiwan. Remembers his 2018 trip to Tahiti fondly. He spent 20 days hopping between islands and meeting other indigenous families like his own back in Taiwan. But it wasn't just personal interest that brought the graduate student overseas. The Taiwanese government helped pay for mister lupin to visit French Polynesia as part of a broader strategy to maintain the country's presence on the international stage. As China's economic and political clout grows, Taiwan's dwindles, and all but 15 countries of cut ties with the island in recent decades. Indigenous communities act as an international relations lifeline, they are Taiwan's sole representatives to the United Nations, and last month, Taiwan made headlines as a founding member of the indigenous peoples economic and trade cooperation agreement. Government sponsored cultural exchanges have also helped expand and cement Taiwan's influence in the Pacific. Critics worry Taiwan is exploiting indigenous communities, but others say this diplomatic strategy is an opportunity for all Taiwanese to reconnect with the island's history. Taiwanese society has a unique phenomena. It isn't sure exactly where its roots lie, says yap the poi Cano from Taiwan's council of indigenous people. Indigenous diplomacy is a form of soft diplomacy that's built on a personal foundation with other people. A way of fostering mutual understanding. This story was reported by itamar Walkman, in Taipei, Taiwan, for the monitor. Inspired by one Idaho second graders fame as an author, other elementary school students are demonstrating that courage and creativity common pint sizes do. Last weekend, two authors, second grader Dylan helbig, and former elementary school teacher Cristian lane, co led a writing workshop in Boise Idaho. The workshop was miss lane's idea, but the spark for it was Dylan's surreptitious placement of his handwritten book on a branch library shelf for others to read. It was titled the adventures of Dylan helbig's Christmas. Librarians slapped the barcode on the spine, readers raced to check it out, and Dylan's achievement went viral. Since his escapade, more kids are crafting original storybooks to share with the public and school libraries. And Dylan's proud parents say fans of all ages across the country and the world have thanked him for inspiring them to quit procrastinating on creative projects. Each one of you is a special and creative kid. Alex Hartman, the branch manager, tells the children at the workshop. You are capable of making incredible things and people are interested in what you can do. Pencil grip, 5th grader Rachel McHugh is writing a desert with waves. A silly cactus wanders the desert looking for water and stumbles upon a tornado that is made of water. And then they were friends until one day, her voice drips with drama. The monitor is avoiding spoilers. This story was reported by Sarah matuszek in Boise,.

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