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We say – ‘We’re no pawns in your chess game’

There was no joy for Taiwan in September, as it lost the support of two of its Pacific island supporters in quick succession in Solomon Islands and Kiribati. The Solomons, under the leadership of newly-elected Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, had telegraphed its intentions, and so its decision was no surprise, although it was subject to accusations that due process, and in particular the approval of the Foreign Relations Committee, had been bypassed.

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