Taiwan denies offering Solomon Islands politicians bribes to maintain diplomatic ties

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has denied attempting to bribe a member of the Solomon Islands’ parliament earlier this year to retain diplomatic t...

Does it matter if Taiwan loses formal recognition?

In September 2019 both Solomon Islands and Kiribati ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan (formally the Republic of China), leaving the country with formal recognition from only 15 countries. This...

Taiwan to beef up ties with allies using funds originally intended for the Solomons, Kiribati

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan plans to redirect the budgets originally set aside for aid to the Solomon Islands and Kiribati to its remaining allies after the two nations dealt a blow to the isl...

Kiribati switches recognition to China, Taiwan loses second Pacific ally in one week

[Last update at 17:00 p.m. Sept. 20] TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has lost its second Pacific ally in a single week as Kiribati moves to switch recognition to China, leaving the island natio...

Debt-trap diplomacy: China secures Gold Ridge Mine in Solomon Islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the break of diplomatic ties between the Solomon Islands and Taiwan on Sept. 16, it has come to light that China Railway Group Ltd. has signed a US$825 million d...

Kiribati turns towards China's embrace, ties with Taiwan tenuous

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the Solomon Islands’ decision to break ties with Taiwan on Monday (Sept. 16), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is concerned that Beijing is making a ...

Election of new Tuvalu PM stirs unease in Taiwan after break with Solomon Islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The parliament of the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu on Thursday (Sept. 19) chose a new prime minister following the general election for parliament held on Sept. 9...

MAC poll shows majority in Taiwan disapprove of China’s threats

TAIPEI (Taiwan Today) -- The overwhelming majority of people in Taiwan oppose China’s military threats and ongoing efforts to suppress the country’s international space, according to a pol...

Taiwan monitors choice of leader in Solomon Islands over fears of switch to China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is closely monitoring developments in the Solomon Islands after no single party won an outright majority in April 3 parliamentary el...

The time is right for Taiwan's President Tsai to address the US Congress

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- Last Friday, Richard C. Bush wrote an article for the Brookings Institution arguing against the suggestion that Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) should be invited to a...

No way to change reality of Taiwan's independent existence: Foreign Minister Wu

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) sat down for an interview with Radio Free Asia on Dec. 26 to discuss the current state of Taiwan’s politics, and the count...

No sympathy for Wu Pao-chun in Taiwan’s ‘baker-gate’ scandal

Taiwanese politics has been rocked by a huge scandal this week. It is not the scurrilous attempts by the former KMT candidate for Mayor of Taipei, Ting Shou-chung (丁守中), to undermine the election o...

Kiribati President reaffirms diplomatic ties with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As China’s campaign of increasing international pressure on Taiwan’s allies continues, many have speculated that small states in the South Pacific may be easy ...

Why Taiwan needs to be careful of cozying up to far-right leaders

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) -- Earlier this weekend, Brazil’s Presidential election run-off saw Jair Bolsonaro elected as the new President of what is the world’s fourth-largest democratic nat...

MAC poll finds majority in Taiwan disapprove of China’s threats

TAIPEI (Taiwan Today ) -- The majority of people in Taiwan disapprove of China’s military threats and ongoing efforts to suppress the country’s international space, according to a regular ...