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Thursday, 26 September 2019
Taiwan Loses More Pacific Support
Before last week 17 nations had diplomatic relations with Taiwan, six of them in the Pacific. That number has now dropped to 15 with Solomon Islands and Kiribati switching to recognize mainland China. For now, that leaves Taiwan with four Pacific Island supporters: Marshall Islands and Palau (both linked closely to the USA), Tuvalu and Nauru. But a change in government in Solomons or Kiribati could see them switch back again. At issue, personalities and aid seem to be the tipping factors.