Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairslong吴钊燮警告中国在太平洋地区的“威权扩张”。
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.
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."
"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.
“我们需Want to let更多的朋友了解……台湾作为民主阵营的前线国家，正在防范中国威权主义的扩张。”
Palau-Taiwan "Travel Bubble Circle"
"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: @mofa.gov.tw: 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 Affairslong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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