Taipei announced earlier in the day the termination of diplomatic ties with Kiribati after the central Pacific island nation chose to switch allegiance to Beijing. China suspects Tsai of pushing for Taiwan's formal independence, a red line for Beijing.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) shakes hands with Solomon Islands' Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele following the signing of a joint communique establishing diplomatic relations between China and the Solomon Islands, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on September 21, 2019.
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) reiterated Friday U.S. concern over China's suppression of Taiwan's global space, which is deemed by Washington as a change of the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, after Beijing took another diplomatic ally from Taiwan.
"China's worldwide pressure will only consolidate the Taiwanese people's determination never to capitulate to the Chinese government", he said.
With Kiribati gone, Taiwan has only 15 countries left that recognize it.
The move is another coup for Beijing just weeks before it celebrates the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Taiwan left the United Nations in 1971 as the global body recognized China.
"Today we are also announcing that we are dropping ties with Kiribati", he said.
Factually and legally, Taiwan island has been and will always remain an inalienable part of China's territory.
Funds were promised by China in return for Kiribati's recognition, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said.
Wu said Kiribati's President had asked Taiwan to donate money to purchase commercial aeroplanes.
Reacting to the mistake, the Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad ministry of apologised for what it called a typographical error contained in the president's speech. One in particular, senior Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, went as far as suggesting the United States cut ties with the Solomon Islands and restrict the use of USD for trade.
As Washington and Beijing's economic competition worsened, however, their political ties have also increasingly frayed, and President Donald Trump's administration has attempted to dissuade nations from buying into Xi's global economic vision.
"My government has been. assured by the Beijing government that they will step in to assist us in the transition period and beyond, including the funding and construction of the SPG2023 stadium", Sogavare said. Since Tsai was elected in January 2016, China has lured away a third of her 22 allies.
The switch has geopolitical significance that will be felt as far away as Washington because the Solomon Islands are located directly between Australia and the US and were the site of fierce battles during World War II.