Tuvalu’s New Government Reaffirms Commitment with Taiwan

Wed Feb 28 2024
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TUVALU: Tuvalu’s newly-elected government has affirmed its dedication to maintaining its “special” relationship with Taiwan, dispelling rumors of a potential diplomatic shift towards Beijing.

In a statement of priorities issued on Wednesday, Prime Minister Feleti Teo’s government reiterated its commitment to the enduring bond between Tuvalu and the Republic of China, Taiwan.

With a population of 11,000, Tuvalu remains among the twelve nations worldwide that maintain formal diplomatic ties with Taipei rather than Beijing.

Speculation arose during the election campaign when senior lawmaker Seve Paeniu hinted at a possible review of Tuvalu’s relationship with Taiwan, sparking intense scrutiny from global observers.

Andrew Lin, Taiwan’s ambassador to Tuvalu, sought to quell concerns, affirming that the new government had provided assurances of the steadfastness of the Taiwan-Tuvalu relationship.

The new administration expressed its intent to explore avenues to enhance and deepen ties with Taiwan, aiming for a more robust and mutually beneficial partnership.

In response, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced plans for Deputy Minister Tien Chung-kwang to lead a delegation to Tuvalu in the near future, underscoring the importance of nurturing bilateral relations.

This reaffirmation by Tuvalu’s government underscores the significance of longstanding alliances in the Pacific region amidst shifting geopolitical dynamics.

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