Nauru ends diplomatic relations with Taiwan, leaving Taipei with only 12 official allies in the world. This came in a statement issued by the government of the small island nation in the Pacific Ocean, in which it announced official recognition of the People's Republic of China.
Nauru's decision was communicated by President David Ranibok Ading in a message to the nation posted on social media, just two days after Taiwan's presidential election that saw DPP candidate William Lai win. Announcing the change with immediate effect, Nauru declared that it considered Taiwan “an inseparable part of Chinese territory.”
The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed in a statement the severing of relations with the Pacific island.
“It is with deep regret that we announce the termination of diplomatic relations with Nauru. This timing represents not only China's retaliation against our democratic elections, but also a direct challenge to the international order,” the memo said: However, Taipei “remains invincible and will not be conquered.” “It will remain a positive force.”
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