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Palau maintains Taiwan ties despite Chinese pressure

Pacific nation will raise concerns at regional forum, president says

Palau's President Surangel Whipps speaks to Nikkei Asia on the sidelines of Pacific Islands Forum in the Fijian capital of Suva on July 12.

SUVA, Fiji -- Palau plans to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan despite pressure from China, the president of the Pacific island nation told Nikkei Asia on Tuesday on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), which includes Australia and New Zealand.

China has been making its presence felt in the region. In 2019 the Solomon Islands and Kiribati opted to cut ties with Taiwan and establish diplomatic relations with China.

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