News Tech: WELLINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Both the United States and China need to be on board to ensure peace and bring action on climate change, Tuvalu’s foreign minister said on Thursday.
“If we’re truly serious about world peace, and we’re really serious about addressing climate change, then there really is no good guys and bad guys … We need China on board. We need the United States on board,” he said.
Simon Kofe told Reuters at a virtual Newsmaker event that Tuvalu was mindful when approaching geopolitics in the Pacific that China needs to be involved to address challenges facing his country and the broader region.
Still, Kofe said Tuvalu, one of four countries in the Pacific that has diplomatic relations with Taiwan rather than China, believed Taiwan remained a very strong partner despite coming under pressure to switch its recognition to Beijing.
In June, Kofe pulled out of the U.N. ocean conference after China blocked Taiwanese nationals that were part of their delegation from attending. read more
RegisterReporting by Lucy Craymer; editing by Richard Pullin Source: Reuters Trust Principles.