SOLOMON ISLANDS AND TAIWAN TIES FIRM
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 12 September 2018
“THE country’s ties with Taiwan remain stronger despite mounting pressure from mainland China in the region.
“This was evident when Taiwan’s visiting deputy Foreign Minister Szu-Chien Hsu met Prime Minister Rick Hou on Monday in Honiara and reassured him of his country’s support.
“The meeting happened days after their earlier meeting in Nauru last week during the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum.
“At the Nauru summit, the diplomatic tussle between Taiwan and China was at play.
“Taiwan recently lost some of its allies in Africa and South America, who have decided to switch ties to mainland China.
“There is fear the same could happen in the Pacific with Taiwan’s six allies as mainland China attempts to intrude into Taiwan’s international space.
“However, the Solomon Star understands with Taiwan’s offer to assist the country fund the sports infrastructures needed to host the 2023 Pacific Games, our diplomatic ties remain intact.
“Taiwan is also opening up its labour market for Solomon Islanders graduating from Taiwanese universities.”
Copyright @ 2018, Solomon Star news.