Published: Tue, September 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Solomon Islands govt decides to cut ties with Taiwan - official media

Solomon Islands govt decides to cut ties with Taiwan - official media

The decision marks a blow for Taiwan, as the South Pacific has always been considered a stronghold in its diplomatic battle with China.

Taiwan will close its embassy in Solomon Islands today and recall all technical and medical personnel stationed there, she said.

What Happened: The Solomon Islands has cut its diplomatic ties with Taiwan and established relations with the mainland Chinese government after the island nation's parliament voted to move forward with the measure, Bloomberg reported September 16.

Tsai said the people of Taiwan will remain united, even if Beijing tries to retaliate against the island's plan to buy new fighter jets from the USA, or to shift people's attention away from the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong.

Stressing that there is but one China in the world, that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate government that represents the whole of China, and that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory, Hua said this is a basic fact and the universal consensus of the global community.

Following the Solomon Islands' decision, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen accused mainland China of trying to interfere with its upcoming elections, as she seeks re-election in January 2020.

And it leaves Taiwan more isolated than ever with just 16 nations left that recognise it.

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China claims Taiwan as its territory and says it has no right to formal ties with any nation.

"However, this is the choice that Solomon Islands' government has made, leaving us with no other option but to respond in this way".

Taiwan vowed to fight China's "increasingly out of control" behaviour after El Salvador switched its allegiance to Beijing previous year.

Since her election, six of Taiwan's allies have now defected.

China's foreign ministry said in a statement it "highly commends" the decision to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and uphold the "One China" principle, adding it was part of an "irresistible trend".

Beijing has stepped up pressure to squeeze the island, which have included regular Chinese bomber patrols around Taiwan, since Tsai took office.

It was the first time Beijing had banned independent travelers from visiting Taiwan since such trips started in June 2011.

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