SCMP: Marshall Islands’ new president David Kabua likely to keep diplomatic ties with Taiwan

The Republic of the Marshall Islands on Monday announced David Kabua as its new president. Kabua is a political veteran and moderate who is expected to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan despite speculation that a new administration could prompt the archipelago to cut ties in favour of Beijing.

Kabua formerly signed a resolution upholding the country’s diplomatic relationship with Taiwan, which Heine vocally supported.

Observers had speculated if Heine was ousted, the nation could reconsider its ties in favour of Beijing, but Kabua is likely to maintain the status quo, said Buchan.

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