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Kiribati opposition Boutokan te Koaua Party (BTK) has been told the government has decided to end its diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favour of China effective 19 September 2019.
It was told an announcement will be made to the public of the change today, 20 September.
When the current Government first came to power it promised the people of Kiribati to remain and maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan and will never change amid speculations that time that relations with Taiwan will be cut off.
BTK is sad to say that the government has not lived up to the promise it made to the people of Kiribati to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan. It should have raised its desire for a change at the recent Parliament meeting. By not doing this, government has ignored and disregarded what was very important the hearts and minds of the people of Kiribati.
According to BTKs opinion, the government’s move is not right. It said government shouldn’t sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan as it is now. If there’s going to be a change, it should be decided during the upcoming elections early next year.
As a democratic country, BTK is shocked to learn that the government is rushing this change. There must be a reason BTK doesn’t know and they (government) is not ready to reveal.
SOURCE: KIRIBATI OPPOSITION/PACNEWS
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