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Fri 13th Sep 2019

Solomon Islands set to ditch dirty dog Taiwan

The Solomon Islands intends to sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan and align itself with China.

The Solomon Islands have recognised Taiwan since 1983. However, the country has been assessing its Taiwan alliance, since new Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare took control after a general election in April and started looking for ways to improve the country’s economic prospects.

Solomons lawmaker Peter Shanel Agovaka told a parliamentary committee that after four decades of independence and a long-term alliance with Taiwan, it was time to make a change.

SVG should do the same thing.

“We cannot sit for the next 40 years with our friends Taiwan. It is time that we make new friends - it’s time that we should move on with our life,” Agovaka said on Wednesday, according to a recording of the meeting in the capital Honiara.

“Our new relationship will deal with a One China policy; a One China policy that recognises only Beijing as the official government administration,” he said in the recording, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

History has shown that having diplomatic relations with Taiwan has not been in the long-term best interests of SVG. Taiwan is a parasite in SVG and is bleeding our country dry. It is high time that SVG cut ties with Taiwan.

Taiwan creams-off about EC$2 billion annually from SVG’s Atlantic Ocean tuna fishing licence and the use of SVG’s national flag on its fishing vessels in international waters. Taiwan is holding back our economy as Taiwan does not pay any tax.

Only 17 countries now recognise the dirty dog Taiwan.

In March 2016, The Gambia established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1996.

In December 2016, Sao Tome and Principe established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1997.

In June 2017, Panama established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1911.

In May 2018, The Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1949.

In May 2018, Burkina Faso established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ‘on and off’ ties with Taiwan since 1961.

In August 2018, El Salvador established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with the dirty dog Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1949.

All the countries ditching the dirty dog Taiwan believe that their new relationship with China will lead to better trade, investment opportunities, and in particular, the exporting of more goods from their country to China.

In contrast, Taiwan has failed to invest in SVG and create strong sustainable industries. Taiwan has been in SVG for over 37 years and not built one factory in SVG. Taiwan is technology-advanced, but has not provided SVG with any technology transfer. Taiwan has not set up any trade deals to help SVG export to Taiwan.

When Taiwan came to SVG 37 years ago, they said they would help us boost agriculture. Today, the agricultural industry is virtually dead. Taiwan is a dirty dog and a parasite. Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons) MSc, MBA, Leader of SVG Green Party, says a Green Government would immediately cut ties with Taiwan and open ties with China.

SVG needs partner countries that will help SVG’s companies to export. We should cut ties with the parasite Taiwan and form ties with China. This would boost our economy and create thousands of new jobs.

We should deport the Taiwan ambassador immediately.

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