Taiwan to reopen consulate on strategically-located US island of Guam

TAIPEI: Taiwan said on Friday (Jul 3) it will reopen its de facto consulate in Guam, a strategically-located US island with a large US military base in the Pacific, a part of the world where China is stepping up its diplomatic reach.

China is challenging US influence in the Pacific, a region that the United States has considered its back yard since World War II. Last year, China whittled away at Taiwan's allies in the Pacific by winning over Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.

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Taiwan's Foreign Ministry said the reopening of its Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Guam, after its closure in 2017 for budget reasons, was a response to closer Taiwan-US relations and the strategic importance of the Pacific region.

"Reestablishing TECO in Guam will facilitate economic and trade cooperation and exchanges between Taiwan and the greater western Pacific region, deepen Taiwan's relations with its Pacific allies, and increase multilateral exchanges," the ministry said.

China considers Taiwan its own territory with no right to state-to-state ties. Four of Taiwan's remaining 15 diplomatic allies are in the Pacific – PalaRead More – Source