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Nauru Severes Diplomatic Ties with Taiwan, Recognizes China

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The South Pacific nation of Nauru has announced its decision to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and instead recognize China. This move comes after Taiwan’s independence-leaning Lai Ching-te was elected as its next president. The Nauru government stated that it would no longer recognize Taiwan as a separate country but rather as an inalienable part of China’s territory.

China has long claimed democratic, self-ruled Taiwan as its territory and has vowed to seize it by force if needed. Nauru’s decision to cut ties with Taiwan and recognize China is a significant blow to Taiwan’s efforts to retain its dwindling number of diplomatic allies.

Taiwan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tien Chung-kwang stated that Taiwan would be ending diplomatic relations with Nauru “to safeguard our national dignity.” Taiwan’s Presidential Office accused Beijing of “diplomatic repression” and claimed that the move was a retaliation against democratic values and a challenge to a stable international order.

Nauru’s decision to switch its allegiance to China marks the second time the country has severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan. The first instance occurred in 2002, followed by a resumption of relations in 2005. The Nauru government maintains that its decision to recognize China is “in the best interests” of the country and its people.

This latest development in Nauru’s foreign policy comes amid a diplomatic tug-of-war between Taiwan and China to lure allies in the Pacific region, offering generous aid packages and assistance in agricultural and educational development.

The shift in Nauru’s diplomatic relations is expected to have a significant impact on the region, as it is one of the few countries that officially recognized Taiwan on a diplomatic basis. The move may also prompt other countries in the region to reconsider their ties with Taiwan and China.

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