The government of Solomon Islands revoked their recognition of Taiwan, leaving just 16 states that defy China.
The cabinet of the Pacific nation voted to shift ties from Taiwan to China by 27 votes in favour and six abstentions.
The Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China on Monday. This is the sixth country to revoke its recognition of Taiwan since 2016. According to Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, this is the result of China’s “dollar diplomacy.”
Taiwan broke away from the mainland in 1949 following the Chinese civil war. The island was a refuge for the retreating nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek, chief of the Kuomintang (KMT) party. Following the victory of the Communist Party of China (CPC) under Mao Zedong in China, Beijing considers Taiwan as a breakaway territory.