Taiwan cuts official ties with Kiribati amid China tension

Posted on September 20, 2019 12:24 am

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Taiwan said on Friday it has cut official ties with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, losing another ally, Reuters said.

The move comes just days after the Solomon Islands cut off ties with Taipei, dealing a fresh blow to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election in January.

Taiwan has lost seven allies to China since she took office in 2016, amid criticism of her handling of relations with China. Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said in Taipei that Taiwan had terminated diplomatic ties with Kiribati and will immediately close down its embassy there.

Kiribati is the seventh