China claims Taiwan as its own territory with no proper to state-to-state ties, a place Taiwan strongly disputes. Worldwide, a dozen international locations preserve formal diplomatic ties with Taipei.
In an announcement on Thursday, Marshall Islands stated its ties with Taiwan have been “rock strong”, and within the area’s finest curiosity.
“The Republic of the Marshall Islands values the robust relationship with Republic of China (Taiwan) as an indispensable companion in promotion of democratic ideas,” an announcement on its official Fb web page stated.
“In parallel, we wholeheartedly respect the sovereignty of all international locations and can proceed to foster open and pleasant dialogue with different nations for the sake of peace and stability for all,” it added.
Taiwan’s overseas ministry stated on Wednesday that Deputy Minister of International Affairs Tien Chung-kwang will attend the inauguration of Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine subsequent Monday as a particular envoy of President Tsai Ing-wen.
Taiwan additionally stated that Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano had reaffirmed his nation’s ties with Taiwan in a message to its embassy in Funafuti.
Tuvalu’s authorities, in a caretaker interval forward of a nationwide election on Jan 26, congratulated Taiwan’s new President-elect William Lai Ching-te on its Fb web page.
Palau wrote on Fb that it stands with Taiwan, which it referred to as a “good pal”, including that nations have been free to decide on whom they’ll construct diplomatic ties with “with out coercion”.
Palau’s President Surangel Whipps had written to Lai, saying his nation needed to “additional strengthen our already rock strong alliance on the soonest alternative”, Whipps workplace stated.