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  • On September 20th, Kiribati became the seventh country to cut off diplomatic relations with Taiwan since president Tsai's election.

  • Four days prior, the Solomon Islands did the same.

  • These decisions to normalize relations with Beijing by Taiwan's largest Pacific partners may convince Taipei's three remaining Pacific allies to reconsider their positions.

  • Poaching Taiwan's allies helps China isolate the island, which could aid in its so-called reunification efforts.

  • China leverages trade and promises future investment to convince countries to switch their recognition.

  • China was the Solomon Islands biggest trade partner, and allegedly promised them five hundred million dollars in financial aid.

  • China also promised Kiribati full funding for its airplanes and commercial ferries.

  • Taiwan is at risk of losing more of their partners because they just can't compete with Chinese aid and trade.

  • Moreover, the United States is reducing aid to some of Taiwan's remaining allies.

  • Congress and the White House are considering a strategy that would punish countries for abandoning Taiwan, but it would be more effective to offer benefits to those that decided to support Taipei.

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On September 20th, Kiribati became the seventh country to cut off diplomatic relations with Taiwan since president Tsai's election.

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How China is isolating Taiwan | IN 60 SECONDS

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