Solomon Islands nod to China adds to squeeze on Taiwan
BEIJING — The Chinese government scored a fresh diplomatic coup Monday over Taiwan and the United States after the Solomon Islands, a strategically significant archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, severed ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing.
The island nation’s defection whittled the number of countries that recognize Taiwan down to just 16 after Beijing flipped key allies, including the Dominican Republic and El Salvador, in recent years over objections from Washington.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare endorsed the switch in a Cabinet meeting Monday, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters.
Wu accused China of conducting “diplomacy with money” and interfering in Taiwanese domestic politics.