Reuters: Hearts ‘linked as one’ as Taiwan welcomes tiny Nauru amid China tussle

TAIPEI (Reuters) – The president of the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru promised on Friday to always stand beside Taiwan as their hearts are “linked as one”, as he visited Taipei amid a growing tussle for influence in the region between Beijing and Washington. While the Pacific states are small developing nations, they lie […]

AP Interview: Taiwan may help if Hong Kong violence expands

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s top diplomat said Tuesday that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for “freedom and democracy,” and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with greater force to quell the protests. Speaking to The Associated Press in Taipei, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu was careful […]

Taipei Times: Cross-strait ties to decline regardless of poll: experts

Cross-strait relations are expected to continue deteriorating in the short term, while Taiwan should consolidate ties with other major economies, regardless of which party wins the Jan. 11 elections, US policy experts said in Taipei yesterday. Michael Mazza, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Mark Stokes, executive director of the US-based Project […]

The Guardian: China and Taiwan offered us huge bribes, say Solomon Islands MPs

… As part of an investigation of the inside story behind the diplomatic switch, the Guardian can reveal that MPs allege they were approached by representatives from the Chinese and Taiwanese governments and offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for their support. The deputy leader of the opposition, Peter Kenilorea Jr, told the […]

RTI: Wu tells Wall Street Journal Taiwan’s isolation will diminish

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has told the Wall Street Journal that Taiwan’s isolation will diminish as global backlash against Beijing’s forceful foreign policy grows. In the interview, published Wednesday, Wu said that many governments will come to see Taiwan as a model of how democratic countries can resist China. Wu said that China has won […]

Love FM: UDP condemns Kareem Musa’s trip to China

Love FM

The United Democratic Party (UDP) has released on official statement (UDP ON MUSA VO) concerning Caribbean Shores Representative, Kareem Musa, and his unannounced trip to China. As we have already reported, Musa said that the trip was that of a personal nature and that he was invited by the Belize-Chinese Association. However, the Association issued […]

Taiwan Insight: Challenges to Taiwan’s Diplomatic Recognition

Taiwan Insight

Taiwan faces increasingly powerful and complex challenges to its formal diplomatic relations. China’s economic incentives, including aid packages and the allure of the Chinese domestic market, coupled with growing political clout, provides considerable leverage to persuade countries to break relations with Taiwan. Furthermore, when China unilaterally ended the so-called diplomatic truce with the election of […]

Taiwan News: St. Vincent prime minister to open embassy in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves will inaugurate the country’s embassy in Taiwan during a week-long visit to the island nation. Gonsalves will spend a week in the country, from Tuesday (Aug. 6) through next Monday, commented the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Taiwan currently has 17 […]

ICRT Podcast: Taiwan This Week, July 5 2019

Gavin Phipps hosts Ross Feingold and Courtney Donovan Smith. “We talk the latest 2020 election news, a state visit to the Caribbean, a twin city forum and more.” Listen now