CHINA CUTS KIRIBATI TIES

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Nov. 30) - China has cut diplomatic relations with the South Pacific island nation of Kiribati for formally recognizing Taiwan.

Kiribati agreed to officially recognize Taiwan as a country three weeks ago. It had planned to host both China and Taiwan embassies, becoming the first country to fly both flags.

But Beijing has no diplomatic relations with the 27 countries which recognize the government of Taiwan.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, the government cut ties on Saturday saying Kiribati violated an earlier agreement to honor its "one China" policy. China considers Taiwan a renegade colony, not in independent country.

China said all agreements with Kiribati are no longer valid.

China had a space tracking station on Kiribati with which it first formed ties in 1980. The station was reportedly dismantled last week.

December 1, 2003

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