Solomon Islands eyes shift in diplomatic ties to China from Taiwan

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SYDNEY: The Solomon Islands, one of Taiwan's few remaining diplomatic allies, has formed a team of ministers to talk to Beijing ahead of a ...

SYDNEY: The Solomon Islands, one of Taiwan's few remaining diplomatic allies, has formed a team of ministers to talk to Beijing ahead of a possible switch in ties that could be unveiled as early as this week, the chief of a parliamentary panel said.

The Solomons' task force and government officials did not respond to requests for comment. Taiwan's embassy in the Solomon Islands did not immediately respond to questions. El Salvador in Central America, along with Burkina Faso in West Africa and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean, all severed ties with Taiwan last year.The Pacific has been a diplomatic stronghold for Taiwan, where formal ties with six island nations make up more than a third of its total alliances. It pledged US$8.5 million to the Solomons in 2019 to 2020, budget documents show.

After an aggressive push over the past decade, China has become the largest two-way provider of funding in the Pacific, but only to nations with which it has formal ties.The United States has accused it of using"predatory economics".

 

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