Nauru cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favour of China.
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Nauru cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favour of China.

Just days after a new president was elected in Taiwan, one of Taiwan’s last diplomatic allies has cut ties with the island.

Micronesian island Nauru was one of 12 countries that maintained diplomatic relations with Taipei.

Beijing, which insists Taiwan is part of China, has poached its diplomatic allies in recent years.

It has been suggested that Taiwan’s latest loss is a result of China’s anger over the weekend’s election results.

William Lai won the election, a pro-sovereignty candidate Beijing has labelled a “troublemaker” for past remarks supporting Taiwanese independence.

After Nauru’s government announced it would “no longer recognize [Taiwan] as a separate country but rather as an inalienable part of China’s territory.

The deputy foreign minister of Taipei alleged that China had swooped in with financial aid to “buy over” Nauru.

Taiwan’s democratic development has been noticed by the world. “China thinks it can suppress Taiwan with such methods. Democracy will not recognise [Beijing] if it uses such despicable methods to seize diplomatic relations,” Mr Tien said.

His ministry remains “on strong alert” to combat China’s further attempts to isolate Taiwan internationally.

The Chinese government, which sees Nauru’s decision as a step toward bringing it under Chinese control, welcomed Nauru’s decision.

According to China’s foreign ministry, Nauru’s decision to resume diplomatic relations with China confirms once again that the one-China principle is the trend of the times.

Nauru cuts diplomatic ties not the first time with Taiwan, which has its own constitution and democratically elected leaders.

It’s worth noting that in 2005, Nauru restored diplomatic ties with Taiwan after making a similar diplomatic switch to China in 2002.