9 Jan 2008

Taiwan expects no change in ties with Marshalls

6:07 am on 9 January 2008

Taiwan's Foreign Ministry says its ties with the Marshall Islands have not changed, despite the election of a pro-China president.

The China Post quotes Taiwan's foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Phoebe Yeh, as saying the new President Litokwa Tomeing was committed to maintaining ties with Taipei, despite his previous pledge to switch to Beijing.

She said after being elected, Mr Tomeing repeatedly said the Marshall Islands should keep ties with Taiwan.

In recent years, China's rising political and economic clout has helped it persuade more countries to recognize Beijing instead of Taipei, reducing the number of Taiwan's allies to only 24.