Taiwan fears China’s authoritarian threat in the Pacific

A composite of Taiwan foreign minister Joseph Wu and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Taiwan has accused China of practicing “authoritarian expansionism” in the Pacific, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.

Key points:

  • Taiwan’s foreign minister says he doesn’t want the Pacific to turn into another South China Sea
  • Solomon Islands’ Prime Minister is in China for a week-long official visit
  • The United States sees Taiwan as its long-time friend and a reliable partner

Last month, Solomon Islands broke ties with Taiwan after its Government voted to switch its allegiances and Kiribati followed suit just days later.

To shore up support for Taiwan, representatives of the United States, Taiwan and Pacific Island nations held their first Pacific Islands Dialogue in Taipei on Monday, which observers believe was aimed at helping Taiwan retain its remaining allies in the Pacific.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-08/taiwan-says-china-poses-authoritarian-threat-in-the-pacific/11581682

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