Taiwan cuts diplomatic ties with Kiribati

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu strongly condemns Kiribati for disregarding the years of assistance and friendship extended to them by the Republic of China (Taiwan) government at a press conference on Friday. (NOWnews)
Foreign Minister Joseph Wu strongly condemns Kiribati for disregarding the years of assistance and friendship extended to them by the Republic of China (Taiwan) government at a press conference on Friday. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taiwan on Friday lost its second diplomatic ally in a week, after Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) announced that the country was cutting diplomatic ties with Kiribati.

Taiwan “regrets and strongly condemns” Kiribati for disregarding the years of assistance and friendship extended to them by the Republic of China (Taiwan) government, Wu said at a press conference.

The severing of ties with Kiribati on Friday leaves Taiwan with only 15 diplomatic allies worldwide. It came after the central Pacific nation reportedly switched diplomatic allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.

On Monday, Taiwan broke ties with the Solomon Islands after the South Pacific island-nation switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing.

By Christie Chen and Elaine Hou