China starting fires in the Caribbean: Foreign minister

China is attempting to disrupt Taiwan's relations with its diplomatic allies in the Caribbean. That's according to the foreign minister, David Lee.

Lee said Tuesday at the Legislature that Beijing has been starting fires everywhere in the region. He admitted that there are warning signs of instability regarding Taiwan's Caribbean allies.

One nation that has been a focus of concern has been Saint Lucia. Taiwan re-established ties with Saint Lucia in 2007. But the country's prime minister, Allen Chastanet, has sought closer economic ties with China since he took office last year. This has prompted speculation that the country could again break off ties with Taiwan.

Deputy foreign minister Javier Hou said Tuesday however that Taiwan's new ambassador to Saint Lucia met the country's governor general last week. Hou said there are no problems in the relationship and cooperation projects are proceeding smoothly.

The Caribbean region accounts for six of Taiwan's 21 diplomatic allies worldwide. In addition to Saint Lucia, these include Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Christopher and the Grenadines, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Belize.

Source: Radio Taiwan International