The Taiwan government has slammed the government of China for its ‘dollar diplomacy’ amidst breakdown in relations with the Solomon Islands.
In a press release, the Taiwan government says that China has once again resorted to dollar diplomacy and false promises of large amounts of foreign assistance to buy off a small number of politicians, so as to ensure that the government of Solomon Islands adopted a resolution to terminate relations with Taiwan before China’s National Day on October 1.
They add that Beijing’s purpose is to diminish Taiwan’s international presence, hurt the Taiwanese people, and gradually suppress and eliminate Taiwan’s sovereignty.
“It is absolutely evident that China, through this case, deliberately seeks to influence Taiwan’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections.” Taiwan said in a press release.
The Taiwan government strongly condemns China’s attempts to suppress Taiwan, and calls on the people of Taiwan to continue to uphold our national sovereignty, champion the principles of freedom and democracy, reach out to the international community, and serve as a force for good in the world.
Taiwansays it has never capitulated under any setback in the international arena. Nor has it ever been defeated by any attempt at suppression.
“The more challenges Taiwan has faced, the more determined it has become,” they added.
The Minstry of Foreign Affairs says that Taiwan has shown the international community that, faced with the expansionism of authoritarian regimes, will stand firm on the frontlines of democracy and remain staunchly committed to serving as an example to the world.