Australia – Taiwan’s Foreign Minister’s visit to Palau accuses China of “forcibly entering the Pacific” – Chinatown, Australia

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Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Wu Zhaoxie visited Palau recently. He said that Beijing is expanding its influence in the Pacific.Palau is currently one of the few countries with diplomatic relations with Taiwan in the world.

A portrait of Joseph Wu sitting in a room

Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs吴钊燮警告中国在太平洋地区的“威权扩张”。

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Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs吴钊燮表示,国际社会现在明白“中国怎样的”,更多国家质疑中国在太平洋岛国地区的活动。


Key points:

  • Palau仍与台湾保持外交关系的四个太平洋岛国之一
  • 吴钊燮敦促澳大利亚和其他民主国家共同中国的扩张主义
  • 帕劳和台湾宣布计划打造旅行泡泡圈

Wu Zhaoxie recently attended the inauguration of Palau's new president, Surangel Whipps Jr..In an interview with reporters, he accused China of "forcibly entering the Pacific region."



According to reports, before this decision was made, both countries received huge amounts of aid from China.

External Link: @carreondet: Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (left) in Palau for the inauguration of the new government. #palautaiwan #TaiwanCanHelp


"China's'One Belt One Road' initiative has been advancing to the Pacific region," Wu Zhaoxie said.

"This initiative has actually brought a very strong political influence to China, and it has also caused many countries in the region to fall into a very serious debt trap."


Both Canberra and Washington have expressed concerns about China’s high borrowings in the Pacific, worrying that this move will give Beijing greater control over the assets of Pacific countries.

Palau's new president warns of "foreign invaders"

Wu Zhaoxie’s comments are consistent with those of Mr. Whippers, who warned against “foreign invaders” in his speech after the oath of office.



New Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr being sworn in 21 January 2021
On January 1st, Palau’s new President Sulanger Whipple Jr. was sworn in.
(New Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr being sworn in 21 January 2021. Photo: Richard Brooks)

He thanked partners such as Australia, the United States, Japan and Taiwan for helping Palau develop and respond to the new crown epidemic, and said that these countries "help us protect us from foreign invaders and help fight climate change."


You view a man in a black short-sleeve t-shirt looking at the camera as a woman in a mask pushes a needle into his right arm.
(ABC News: Ongerung Kambes Kesolei)


"Although our friendship may sometimes not be well accepted by other countries — some countries even try to force into our country as they do elsewhere — Palau has rightly refuted these acts of aggression and will Keep doing this," Mr. Whipples said.


He also stated that Taiwan has been "considering a military strategy" to resist Beijing's threat, and pointed out that Taipei has reached a multi-billion dollar arms deal with the former Trump administration.



Palau-Taiwan "Travel Bubble Circle"

惠普尔斯总统宣布建立一个“无菌走廊(sterile corridor)”,允许人们在确保防疫的情况下在帕劳和台湾间旅行。

Palm trees lean over the sandy beach.
(ABC News: Lenny de Vries)

"The'sterile corridor' between our two countries will revitalize the personal, medical, educational and commercial relations between the two countries," he said.

"This will boost Palau's economy when we need help urgently... In order to [suppress] the new coronavirus, traveling through the new sterile corridor is like taking a domestic flight."

External Link: It would be a pity if hard-working Minister Joseph Wu didn't get a chance to see some of the sights while in beautiful #Palau. Minister Wu took a trip to the scenic #RockIslands earlier today, alongside new President Surangel Whipps, Jr., before he had to reluctantly #SayGoodbye to the beautiful nation of Palau and board a plane back home!

Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs也认为拟议的旅行泡泡圈将吸引许多台湾人来到帕劳,但他也警告,必须确保“严格的措施”,以避免两国爆发致命的新冠疫情。

"I think Palau will attract many Taiwanese tourists who want to go abroad and enjoy it," Mr. Wu said.


Palau's economy is heavily dependent on international tourism. According to statistics, due to unemployment caused by the new crown epidemic, the unemployment rate in Palau's private industry is approaching 50%.


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