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21.09.2019 18:00:38

Solomon Islands establishes diplomatic ties with China

China and the Solomon Islands formed diplomatic relations on Saturday, days after the Pacific island nation severed ties with Taiwan. “We look forward to the quick development of bilateral relations between China and the Solomons,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a ceremony in Beijing, alongside his Solomon Islands counterpart Jeremiah Manele.“We welcome this decision by the Solomon Islands and support the country to move forward in the development path it has chosen for itself,” said Wang.Read more: China and Australia compete for influence in the PacificSolomon Islands’ foreign minister said his country’s decision to switch diplomatic recognition to China — its largest trading partner — was based on “national needs.”“The development challenges for our country are huge. We need a broader partnership with countries that also includes China,” he said.Taiwan more isolated than everSolomon Islands was the sixth country to switch allegiance to China since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in Taiwan in 2016.The switch is a major coup for Beijing just weeks before it celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.And it leaves Taiwan more isolated than ever with just 15 states left which recognize it.Read more: Are Hong Kong protests a warning for Taiwan?Taiwan and China split in 1949 after the Communist Party won a civil war on the mainland. They have extensive commercial ties, but no official relations.China still views the island as its territory and has vowed to seize it — by force, if necessary.As China’s economic and military power has grown in recent decades, most countries — including the United States — have switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing.‘Dollar diplomacy’Only a handful of nations still recognize Taiwan, largely in Latin America and the Pacific. Kiribati, another tiny Pacific island nation, announced it has switched diplomatic recognition to China on Friday.Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu accused China of engaging in “dollar diplomacy” to obtain recognition.The Solomon Islands had conducted a weeks-long review of its policy toward China, which was offering $8.5 million (€7.7 million) in development funds to replace support from Taiwan.After signing diplomatic ties with the Solomon Islands, the Chinese foreign minister also issued a warning for Taiwan, where President Tsai is gearing up for reelection in January.“China must and will be reunified. Factually and legally, Taiwan island has been and will always remain an inalienable part of China’s territory. This status will not change, and is impossible to change,” Wang said.sri/jlw (AP, AFP, Reuters)Every evening at 1830 UTC, DW’s editors send out a selection of the day’s hard news and quality feature journalism. You can sign up to receive it directly here.這篇文章 Solomon Islands establishes diplomatic ties with China 最早出現於 The China Post。
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