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Tuvalu, one of the three Pacific Island nations that still recognize Taiwan, is considering switching its recognition to China. This move would leave Taiwan with only two allies in the Pacific - Palau and the Marshall Islands. The decision will be made by Tuvalu's new government, following the surprising loss of the pro-Taiwan prime minister in last week's election. China has been actively trying to sway Pacific Island nations away from Taiwan through financial incentives.
"As far as I am concerned, it boils down to whichever country ... offers the greatest support to achieving Tuvalu's development priorities and aspirations," Paeniu said.
China has been using financial incentives to sway Pacific Island nations to switch their recognition from Taiwan to China. They have offered funds to struggling island nations and allegedly handed out cash to officials. China's goal is to gain power and influence in the Pacific region, where they are competing with the United States.
As China vies with the United States for power and influence in the Pacific, it has tirelessly tried to pry allies away from Taiwan by many means - chief among them, money.