The Taipei-Beijing Diplomatic Rivalry

  • Jian Yang


Wang Yongqiu, the head of Pacific relations at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in August 2009, “I want to emphasise that China’s aid to other countries has nothing to do with our relations with Taiwan.”1 This is a standard statement people will hear in their public, formal discussions with Chinese diplomats. Privately, however, Chinese diplomats do not deny Beijing’s diplomatic rivalry with Taipei in the region. The reality is that for many years until recently to compete with Taiwan diplomatically was perhaps the most important factor for China’s growing involvement in the South Pacific. The Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Ma Ying-jeou’s victory in Taiwan’s 2008 presidential election has substantially reduced the tensions across the Taiwan Strait. The improvement of the cross-Strait relations and the “diplomatic truce” between the two sides has had a strong impact on their policies toward the South Pacific.


Solomon Island Democratic Progressive Party Marshall Island Diplomatic Relation Grand Strategy 
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