Taiwanese Foreign Minister uses Palau trip to warn China is ‘forcing itself’ into the Pacific

Taiwanese Foreign Minister uses Palau trip to warn China is ‘forcing itself’ into the Pacific

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has said the international community now understands “what China is about”, and that more countries are questioning Beijing’s activities in the Pacific Island region.

Speaking to reporters in Palau, where he was attending the inauguration of the island nation’s new President Surangel Whipps Jr., Mr Wu accused China of “forcing itself into the Pacific”.

“There’s already a very clear awareness of what China is about … China’s way of forcing itself into the Pacific is going to cause strategic problems,” he said.

Palau is one of a dwindling number of Pacific countries that maintains diplomatic relationships with Taiwan, with Kiribati and Solomon Islands switching allegiances from Taiwan to China in 2019.