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Nauru severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan, to seek full relations with China

Nauru’s government said recognition of Beijing will help with the island country’s development

Nauru will switch its diplomatic recognition to Beijing from Taiwan, the government of the Pacific island country of 10,000 people said Monday, reducing Taiwan’s diplomatic allies to just a dozen nations.

The announcement by Nauru’s president David Adeang follows Taiwan’s election on the weekend in which Lai Ching-te from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party emerged as president-elect, beating Beijing-favored Hou Yu-ih of the Kuomintang and Ko Wen-je of the Taiwan People's Party. 

“The Republic of Nauru will no longer recognise the Republic of China [Taiwan] as a separate country but rather as an inalienable part of China’s territory, and will sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan as of this day,” a Nauruan government statement said. Nauru will seek full diplomatic relations with China, it said.

China’s government has courted Pacific island nations for the past two decades as it seeks to isolate Taiwan diplomatically and gain allies in international institutions. Beijing regards Taiwan, a democracy and globally important tech manufacturing center, as a renegade province that must be reunited with the mainland.

The Pacific island nations of Solomon Islands and Kiribati severed ties with Taiwan in 2019 and the central American country of Honduras ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan last year.

The Solomon Islands, in particular, has benefited from diplomatic relations with Beijing. China largely bankrolled the 24-nation Pacific Games that were held in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara in November and has significantly increased other aid to the country.

Nauru’s decision, announced by Adeang in a live streamed speech, means only 12 nations including the Holy See recognize Taiwan instead of China. 

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The Pacific island nation of Nauru is seen from a Nauru Airlines flight on Aug. 17, 2023.  (Stephen Wright/Benar News)

In the Pacific, Taiwan’s remaining allies are the Marshall Islands and Palau–both allied to the United States–and Tuvalu, which is seeking more than $1.0 billion in climate-adaptation funding from the international community for land reclamation that would double the size of its most populated island.

The Nauruan government’s statement said its recognition of the One China principle is in the best interests of Nauru’s people.

“Our government remains focused on moving Nauru forward and this policy change is a significant first step in moving forward with Nauru’s development,” it said.

Nauru, northeast of Australia, is the world’s third smallest state after the Vatican and Monaco with an area of 21 square kilometers. More than half of its government revenue comes from hosting Australia’s offshore migrant detention center.

Its sole island is pockmarked by a phosphate mining industry that on paper made Nauru among the world’s richest nations in the second half of last century.

The phosphate is now exhausted and Nauru turned to problematic money-making schemes such as selling passports and offshore banking that earned it international notoriety in the 1990s and 2000s. 

BenarNews is an RFA-affiliated online news organization.


This content originally appeared on Radio Free Asia and was authored by By Stephen Wright for BenarNews.


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