29 Nov 2007

Marshall Islands opposition party supports continued ties to Taiwan

10:41 am on 29 November 2007

A Marshall Islands opposition party tipped to win the Presidency supports continued ties to Taiwan, despite signals of a switch in diplomatic loyalties to China.

The Reuters news agency reports that Litokwa Tomeing, a new member of the opposition Aelon Kein Ad party, has visited China and voiced support in the media for switching ties to Beijing.

He could become president, as his party looks set to take control of the legislature following recent elections.

But spokesman Tony de Brum said Aelon Kein Ad would continue to support Taiwan if it won an expected 20 to 22 seats in the 33-member legislature and formed a new government.