FILE PHOTO: Lagoons could be seen from a aircraft because it flies above Kiritimati Island, a part of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lincoln Feast/File Photograph
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan stated on Friday it has minimize official ties with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, dropping one other ally amid Chinese language stress on the nations which have diplomatic relations with the self-ruled island.
China claims Taiwan as its territory, and says the democratic island has no proper to formal ties with any nation.
Taiwan Overseas Minister Joseph Wu informed reporters that Taipei has terminated diplomatic ties with Kiribati and can instantly shut down its embassy there, days after the Solomon Islands minimize off ties with Taipei.
Kiribati is the seventh nation Taiwan will lose as a diplomatic ally since President Tsai Ing-wen got here to workplace in 2016, following Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, Sao Tome and Principe, Panama, El Salvador and the Solomon Islands.
Taiwan now has formal relations with solely 15 international locations worldwide.
Reporting By Yimou Lee; Modifying by Muralikumar Anantharaman