Kiribati to Sever Ties with Taiwan This Week?|我再失邦交國? 傳吉里巴斯將與中國建交
The Solomon Islands have just severed ties with the Republic of China, and there are already reports that Kiribati is next and will announce the establishment of diplomatic ties with China this week. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it is in the process of negotiating. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je says Taiwan should act like it doesn't care that China is snatching all of its allies away. Media personality Jaw Shaw-kang, meanwhile, is claiming a Kuomintang heavyweight asked Hon Hai founder Terry Gou for a gargantuan sum of money. Asked for a response, Gou's office said whether this happened or not would not be revealed until Gou writes his autobiography.
Kiribati will reportedly drop Taiwan and announce diplomatic ties with China within days. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it is using multiple channels to negotiate with the Micronesian state. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, meanwhile, says Taiwan should act like it doesn't care.
I see it like this. The more we show we care and how much it bother us, the happier China is to take our allies. We should act like we don't care.
Ko says Taiwan must develop solid mechanisms for standing on its own two feet even without a single ally left. Asked about Presidential Secretary-General Chen Chu's complaint that she doesn't understand why Ko is criticizing her, Ko sighed and said people need self-awareness.
Whether we're talking about the NT$300 billion you have in debt, or the Ching Fu Shipbuilding Scandal, or the presidential cigarette smuggling scandal, or the (DPP's) massive defeat in the Kaohsiung elections, you have to be willing to self-reflect. It's not like anyone's going out of their way to criticize her.
Ko has been on the offensive against the pan-green camp in recent days and his Facebook followers fell below two million. After his follower count suddenly went up by 20,000 on the 19th, he was accused of "buying likes." A Taipei City spokesperson said Ko's new followers are all Middle Eastern bots and they have nothing to do with Ko's team or the Taiwan People's Party.
We hope this kind of stupid behavior can stop, regardless of your reason.
Ko's Taiwan People's Party is fighting for legislative seats and the Gou-Ko-Wang alliance has not fallen apart just yet. In related news, a media personality is claiming a Kuomintang heavyweight asked Terry Gou for a huge sum of money. Asked for a response, Gou's office said this was not important and whether it actually happened would not be known until Gou publishes his memoirs.
台北市長 柯文哲表示：「我是這樣啦，我們越表示care，就是太在意的角色態度，大陸就更樂於幫我們搞斷交，應該要擺出 I don't care 的態度。」
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