Taiwan has lost two of its Pacific nation allies in the same week. Photo: EPA

Taipei down to 15 allies as Kiribati announces switch of diplomatic ties to Beijing

  • Taipei recalls staff from embassy and joint projects in the Pacific nation
  • Taiwanese foreign minister says Kiribati president has highly unrealistic expectations about Beijing
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Taiwan has lost two of its Pacific nation allies in the same week. Photo: EPA
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Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung

Lawrence Chung covers major news in Taiwan, ranging from presidential and parliament elections to killer earthquakes and typhoons. Most of his reports focus on Taiwan’s relations with China, specifically on the impact and possible developments of cross-strait relations under the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party and mainland-friendly Kuomintang governments. Before starting work at the South China Morning Post in 2006, he wrote for Reuters and AFP for more than 12 years.