Manasseh Sogavare, prime minister of Solomon Islands (centre), joins Taiwan’s ambassador to the Pacific nation Roger Luo (left) and Commander Rear-Admiral Wang Cheng-chung aboard a Taiwanese naval vessel. Photo: CNA

Taiwan may lose another Pacific ally to Beijing as Solomon Islands begins 100-day assessment of priorities

  • Newly elected prime minister has ‘super long list’ to consider, says his government is ‘under a lot of pressure’ over ties with Taipei
  • Taiwan has already lost five diplomatic allies since 2016
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Manasseh Sogavare, prime minister of Solomon Islands (centre), joins Taiwan’s ambassador to the Pacific nation Roger Luo (left) and Commander Rear-Admiral Wang Cheng-chung aboard a Taiwanese naval vessel. Photo: CNA
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There has been growing bipartisan support in Washington for a harder line toward China and improved ties with Taiwan. Photo: EPA

Taiwan put on US defence department list of ‘countries’ in latest move likely to goad China

  • The wording is an apparent break with Washington’s long-standing adherence to a one-China policy
  • The acting US defence secretary, in the report’s introduction, identifies the Chinese Communist Party as the architect of a vision for ‘repressive world order’
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There has been growing bipartisan support in Washington for a harder line toward China and improved ties with Taiwan. Photo: EPA
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