President Palau visits Taiwan under Chinese pressure

Taipei, Taiwan (AP) —Tuesday, the President of Palau, the Pacific Islands, visited Taiwan with the US Ambassador to Taiwan. This shows solidarity as China increases diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan.

Palau’s President Slanger Whips was scheduled to meet Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen during his visit on Tuesday.

The presence of US Ambassador to Palau, John Hennessy Niland, was a further sign of Washington’s support for Taiwan, despite the lack of formal diplomatic relations between the two.

China has claimed that Taiwan would be forced under Beijing’s control as its territory, if necessary, and has been working to isolate Taiwan internationally.

China has banned citizens from visiting Palau, but Taiwan has responded by introducing a travel bubble between the two to prevent visitors from being quarantined.

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