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Taiwan and Kiribati cut off diplomatic ties amid China pressure

Taiwan and Kiribati cut off diplomatic ties amid China pressure

Taiwan has cut off its ties with Kiribati thereby losing its second ally within a matter of a week.

Taiwan and Kiribati called off their diplomatic relations amid Taiwan’s tensions with China.

China claims Taiwan to be its territory and says that it has no right to having formal ties with any country. As per latest reports, China has been putting immense pressure on nations that hold diplomatic relations with Taiwan to cut off their ties.

Taiwan currently has official diplomatic relations with only 15 countries worldwide.

In the past three years, since Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen’s election in 2016, the nations has lost 7 of its allies including Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Panama, El Salvador, the Solomon Islands and most recently Kiribati.

What is the status of Taiwan as a country?

Taiwan has been a sovereign nation since the civil war ended in 1949. However, China still views it as its territory that is awaiting reunification.

Currently, Taiwan is self-ruled, but China considers it as its province and hence, it feels that it should not have diplomatic relations with any country that recognises Taiwan as a state.

Most of the countries including the United States and the European countries switched their recognition to China in the past few decades, leaving Taiwan with just a handful of loyal allies, who largely belong to Latin America and the South Pacific.

China is attempting to force Taiwan to accept its arrangement of ‘one country two systems,’ which it shares with Hong Kong.

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