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Palau maintains Taiwan ties after Solomon Islands switch

Palau's president delivers his inauguration message at the Capitol Building in Melekeok State on Thursday 19 January 2017 Photo: Office of the President of Palau - Facebook. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

Pan Pacific Agency | COMMUICATION AGENCY FOR PACIFICA REGIONS

NGERULMUD, Sep 19, 2019, RNZ. Palau maintains a strong relationship with Taiwan, Palau’s President, Tommy Remengesau, says, reported the Radio New Zealand.

His reassurance followed Tapei’s decision on Monday to cut ties with Solomon Islands, whose government has moved to recognise China instead.

The move leaves Taiwan with just five diplomatic allies in the Pacific, including Palau.

Mr Remengesau said his country shared values like democracy and freedom with Taiwan.

“We have yet to find out really why Solomons switched, they keep talking about some assessment or feasibility report. We would be very happy to see what made them change their mind,” he said.

The preseident said he would prefer not to have to choose between Taiwan and China.

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