Amid speculations that the Solomon Islands’ severance of diplomatic ties with Taiwan pose domino effect among the latter’s few remaining allies in the region, Palau continues to display unwavering support for its long-time ally Taiwan.
President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., during a press conference on Wednesday, September 18, said that Palau’s stance about supporting Taiwan has been clear-cut since the beginning.
Remengesau said that Palau’s relationship with Taiwan has been based on shared principles, values, and similar aspirations for peace, democracy, and freedom.
The president, however, said that if he could make a choice, he would rather that Palau will be friends with both Taiwan and China, adding that it is not their intention to label countries as friends or non-friends.
Remengesau also said that Palau would be very happy to see what made the Solomon Islands changed their minds.
In less than a week after the Solomon Islands had switched allegiance to Beijing, Taiwan had also cut ties with Kiribati after the latter decided to establish foreign relations with China.
A civil war that lasted until 1949 saw Taiwan established itself as a de facto sovereign nation but Beijing continues to see it as its breakaway province.
Taiwan’s allies have now dwindled to 15 countries namely Guatemala, Belize, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Paraguay, Vatican City, Eswatini, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and Tuvalu. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)