Pacıfıc, Chına, Solomonıslands, Pacific Islands, Australia, Debt / Fixed Income Markets, China (Prc), Overseas Development Aid, Solomon Islands

Pacıfıc, Chına

U.S. officials urge caution as Solomons considers cutting Taiwan link

U.S. officials have warned the Solomon Islands to be wary of Chinese funding pro...

12.9.2019

U.S. officials warn the Solomon Islands to be wary of Chinese funding promises and not be pressed into cutting ties with Taiwan by barrett_ink

U.S. officials have warned the Solomon Islands to be wary of Chinese funding pro...

Jonathan Barrett 5 Min Read SYDNEY (Reuters) - U.S. officials have warned the Solomon Islands to be wary of Chinese funding promises and not to be pressed into cutting ties with Taiwan, in comments highlighting increasing big-power competition for influence in the South Pacific. FILE PHOTO: National flags are seen at the Diplomatic Quarter, where Taiwan's ally embassies are located, in Taipei, Taiwan August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo The U.S. warnings were made this week in the Solomons capital of Honiara, on the island of Guadacanal, in comments to reporters, after several of the island nation’s senior lawmakers said they wanted to switch their diplomatic links to Beijing from Taiwan. The South Pacific has become a diplomatic stronghold for Taiwan, with six island nation allies, a third of all countries that recognize Taiwan. The links help stem China’s expansionary policies in the region. The U.S. officials, in their comments, did not explicitly call for the retention of the Taiwan alliance, according to a recording obtained by Reuters, but they urged caution. Catherine Ebert-Gray, the U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu said the decision the Solomons Islands faced was tough and “very, very important”. “We want to encourage the prime minister and all the people of Solomon Islands and members of parliament to not feel pressured in making this decision, to ask for details about funding, about projects, whether these are loans or they’re grants,” Ebert-Gray said. The Solomons, a former British protectorate, an archipelago of just over 600,000 people, has been investigating a possible switch in ties since a general election in April. China, which claims self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as its own and views it as a wayward province, has offered the Solomons financial assistance if it were to switch. The United States has criticized China for pushing poor countries into debt, mainly through lending for large-scale infrastructure projects, and accused China of using “predatory economics” to destabilize the Indo-Pacific region. China denies that. “When we come into a country we look at how we can partner through a grant system - we don’t do loans,” Washington-based Ann Marie Yastishock, the deputy assistant administrator, Asia, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told the gathering in Honiara. The United States has traditionally left diplomacy in the South Pacific to its regional partners, including Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The U.S. officials said they had also met senior Solomons lawmakers, including new Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. ‘FORCEFUL’ The heads of both a parliamentary task force in the Solomons and a ministerial team convened to talk with Beijing have expressed support for switching diplomatic recognition to Beijing, although there remains opposition among the public and student population. The number of nations recognizing Taiwan has been dwindling, with El Salvador in Central America, Burkina Faso in West Africa and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean, all switching to Beijing last year. China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to questions. It has declined to comment directly on the Solomon Islands, saying China is willing to have relations with all countries based on the “one-China” principle. Solomon Islands government officials were not immediately available for comment. USAID and the U.S. embassy in Papua New Guinea did not immediately comment. While the United States upholds the “one-China” policy, recognizing Beijing and not Taipei, it assists Taiwan, which includes significant sales of arms to the island. Graeme Smith, from the department of Pacific affairs at The Australian National University, said the Trump administration was more activist than its predecessors in its overt support for Taiwan, especially as China’s assertiveness grows. “The U.S. has certainly been forceful in being the only country to threaten consequences if countries switch,” Smith said. Pacific islands control vast swaths of resource-rich ocean, and strategically located ports, forming a formidable maritime boundary between the Americas and Asia. Anti-graft agency Transparency Solomon Islands has also urged caution in changing ties over concerns that the Solomons will not be able to hold firm against Beijing’s interests, given the island’s lack of suitable governance structures. Taiwan’s representative office in the Solomon Islands said on Wednesday its presence had been a force for good. “Many countries in the Pacific, including the Solomon Islands, are proud to be free and democratic,” it said. Reporting by Jonathan Barrett in SYDNEY; additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Robert Birsel Our Standards: Read more: Reuters Top News

barrett_ink The Chinese carrot barrett_ink BaldingsWorld barrett_ink “Split me infinitives...” barrett_ink soft threaten barrett_ink In the end it will come down to greed. barrett_ink They should learn from Sri Lanka, which was offered 'assistances' and loans from China to build Hambantota port sinking itself knee deep in DebtTrap and had to repay with a '99-yr lease', effectively losing the port to China.

barrett_ink Right...!! Bully China trying to bully or buy favors around the World... They need to be halted😡 barrett_ink They should listen to U.S although they are no saint themselves but China is modern day East India company in disguise.

Taiwan urges citizens to avoid Hong Kong and China after detentionTaiwan's ruling party on Wednesday urged citizens to avoid visiting Hong Ko... China miss nothing And a lot more countries are going to warn their citizens and businesses away from Hong Kong too. EDITOR: Lee Meng Chu and Lee Ming Che are two completely different people. This article is really sloppy journalism.

Taiwan urges citizens to avoid Hong Kong and China after detentionTaiwan's ruling party on Wednesday urged citizens to avoid visiting Hong Ko... China miss nothing And a lot more countries are going to warn their citizens and businesses away from Hong Kong too. EDITOR: Lee Meng Chu and Lee Ming Che are two completely different people. This article is really sloppy journalism.

U.N. investigators link U.S., Syrian and Russian forces to war crimesAir strikes by U.S.-led coalition forces in Syria have killed or wounded many ci... There's no possible way to fight a war without crossing the UN's arbitrary threshold for 'war crimes' Once again, the UN is a fucking joke. And what can the UN do about it .....zero. U.S.-led coalition or US?

Trump administration announces plans to ban flavored e-cigarettesTrump administration announces plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes following six U.S. deaths linked to vaping Just think if AR rifles were responsible for 6 deaths or more.... can you imagine how quick Trump would jump into action then? Good start , hopefully they get to banning guns at some point ....or atleast act to show they would. Each election debates, they all rant about it and do nothing Bad idea, if you’re going to ban flavored e-cigarettes, then conventional flavored cigarettes should also be banned.

Rebecca Traister Wants to Know the Bad News Right AwayOn this week’s Cut podcast, the politics writer tells us how she gets it done.

'It is time to stop vaping': Kansas reports sixth U.S. death linked to mystery illnessA Kansas resident was the sixth person to die in the United States of a mysterio... What about cigarette-related deaths? Why stop with e-cigarettes? Vaping Adults screamed NO Now, the consequences Just wait until the morons who legalized marijuana and the fall out The next generation of self serving zombies who can't get off the couch... Bad liquid, that’s all it can be



‘Tell Me About It, Stud,’ Says Pleather-Clad Elizabeth Warren On Debate Stage In Effort To Court Bad Boy Demographic

Boras to honor Kobe's wish, grant internship

Moderators Kick Off Debate By Asking Whether Bloomberg Ready To Get Shit Rocked Again

Elena Kagan Worried She’s A Fraud After Being Only Female Justice Not Called Out By Trump

Democratic Debate Live Updates: Candidates Clash

Michael Hertz — You’ve Surely Seen His Subway Map — Dies at 87

Amid Insults and Interruptions, Sanders Absorbs Burst of Attacks in Debate

Write Comment

Thank you for your comment.
Please try again later.

Latest News

News

12 September 2019, Thursday News

Previous news

Día de Muertos Barbie: Respectful Tribute, or ‘Obviously Cultural Appropriation’?

Next news

Factbox: Netanyahu's West Bank pledge alarms Middle Eastern states
Howard Stern, Show Listeners Call Staffer ‘Racist’ for Linking BTS and Coronavirus ‘Not Just an Italian Problem’: Coronavirus Threatens Europe’s Economy Anti-Muslim violence in India reaches alarming proportions Second Cruise Ship Blocked From Ports Over Coronavirus Fears In Mubarak’s Legacy, Egyptians See the Failings of the Arab Spring BREAKING: First French national dies from coronavirus Greta Thunberg Finally Met Role Model Malala Yousafzai, And They Took The Sweetest Pic Hank Azaria Says He Quit Voicing Apu on 'Simpsons' Because 'It Just Didn’t Feel Right' Flight attendant diagnosed with coronavirus might have serviced trips between Seoul and Los Angeles Coronavirus, Financial Markets, Emmanuel Macron: Your Wednesday Briefing Air Travelers Can’t See All of It, but More Tech Is Moving Them Along Opinion | I Love You (But Do You Love Mariah Carey?)
‘Tell Me About It, Stud,’ Says Pleather-Clad Elizabeth Warren On Debate Stage In Effort To Court Bad Boy Demographic Boras to honor Kobe's wish, grant internship Moderators Kick Off Debate By Asking Whether Bloomberg Ready To Get Shit Rocked Again Elena Kagan Worried She’s A Fraud After Being Only Female Justice Not Called Out By Trump Democratic Debate Live Updates: Candidates Clash Michael Hertz — You’ve Surely Seen His Subway Map — Dies at 87 Amid Insults and Interruptions, Sanders Absorbs Burst of Attacks in Debate Read Live Updates From The South Carolina Democratic Debate Democratic candidates facing off on stage in South Carolina: Live updates Highlights From the Democratic Debate in South Carolina Elizabeth Warren Challenges Michael Bloomberg on ‘Kill It’ Abortion Comment Tips For Being An Unarmed Black Teen