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Washington, Dec. 9 (CNA) A U.S. State Department official warned Monday that allies of Taiwan who switch recognition to Beijing could be imperiling their sovereignty, citing risks such as debt and Chinese influence in domestic policymaking.
Speaking at the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, Jennifer Spande, deputy director for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, reaffirmed the U.S. position that the Chinese campaign to steal Taiwan's diplomatic allies is a threat to stability in cross-strait relations.
Spande said the U.S. was not trying to dictate to anyone, but rather counseling prudence regarding the sovereignty issues involved in changes in policy by Taiwan's allies in the Pacific, so that the countries can remain "free from foreign coercion or domination."
"A region in which countries maintain their freedom of choice will be a more prosperous and secure one," Spande said.
China has successfully pressured seven countries around the world (including two in Oceania) to sever formal ties with Taiwan and recognize Beijing in the last three years, leaving Taiwan with only 15 diplomatic allies.
Despite the trend, however, newly-elected governments in both the Marshall Islands and Tuvalu have reaffirmed their support for Taiwan, Spande said.
Spande highlighted comments by Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe, who said the risks of relations with China include debt as well as pressure to allow the construction of artificial islands and military bases.
More broadly, Spande praised Taiwan as a long-term partner in the Oceania region that works with the U.S. in areas such as natural disaster response, environmental protection and efforts to strengthen the rule of law, and she said the U.S. government hoped to expand areas of bilateral cooperation.
As an example, Spande cited the presence of the State Department's senior official for APEC, Sandra Oudkirk, at the inaugural U.S.-Taiwan Pacific Islands Dialogue, which was held in Taipei in October.
(By Chiang Chinye and Matthew Mazzetta)
Taipei, Dec. 10 (CNA) An Indonesian migrant worker who suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning after burning charcoal in a poorly ventilated room in Miaoli County has regained consciousness and is in stable condition, the county's fire bureau said Tuesday.
The incident occurred Sunday, when the victim and three other Indonesians tried to seek warmth from low temperatures by burning charcoal in their dormitory in Tongluo Township, where they are employed at a temple, the bureau said.
Three of them soon started feeling dizzy and nauseous, while the other fell unconscious, according to the Miaoli County Fire Bureau.
The unconscious victim was treated in a local hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning with hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the bureau said.
The hospital's deputy superintendent, Tsai Chien-tsung (蔡建宗), said later that carbon monoxide poisoning is common when appliances such as water heaters or gas stoves are used in a poorly ventilated room or enclosed space.
(By Kuan Jui-pin and Ko Lin)