Palau’s diplomatic ties with Taiwan to be examined in election 12 months as tourism falters


WHAT DO LOCALS WANT?

Whilst Mr Polycarp mentioned he does no longer assume Palau will have to transfer ties to Beijing only for tourism source of revenue, he hopes his nation would identify nearer financial ties with China.

“I beef up each China and Taiwan… I am hoping at some point each can paintings their variations out, and the United States (as smartly),” he added.

“(China) is a big marketplace and I feel Palau can faucet into it. However having those variations truly restrict us from transferring ahead (in) creating our nation.”

His sentiment is shared via different industry house owners, together with 29-year-old Iked, every other native who additionally runs a diving centre.

“From a tourism viewpoint, we’re open to the Chinese language marketplace, however we’re additionally open to the Taiwan marketplace,” he mentioned.

“Palau has sturdy ties with Taiwan, and that’s a just right factor. However I don’t assume we will have to discriminate on what sort of tourism we deliver into Palau, as a result of Palau is an overly global nation.”

“WEAPONISING” TOURISM

China considers nations that also take care of reputable members of the family with Taiwan as interfering in its interior affairs.

Beijing has dangled guarantees of monetary and building support in efforts to lure Taiwan’s last diplomatic allies to change facets.

Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr has accused China of monetary coercion and “weaponising” tourism to drive his nation to chop ties with Taiwan.

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