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Palau will maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan, president vows

Pacific island nation sees parallel with events in Ukraine

Palau President Surangel Whipps speaks during an interview with the Nikkei on Sept. 8 in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Palau President Surangel Whipps, in Japan for a state visit, on Thursday voiced concern about attempts by Moscow and Beijing to change the international status quo by force, warning that such moves will increase military tensions and destabilize the global order.

"Being a small country, and seeing what has happened in Ukraine, we value the rule of law, respecting boundaries," Whipps said in an interview in Tokyo. He also said China is taking steps that are destabilizing the western Pacific.

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