Taiwan cancels Pacific islands summit

Taiwan cancels Pacific islands summit

Taiwan cancels Pacific islands summit

Posted 8 October 2008, 18:43 AEST

Taiwan has cancelled a summit with six Pacific island allies originally scheduled to be held in its southern city of Kaohsiung next month.

The decision appears to be an attempt by the new administration of President Ma Ying-jeou to keep the island's diplomatic activities low-profile and avoid offending China.

The summit was part of the previous Chen Shu Bian administration's push to cement Taiwan's relations with its few remaining allies.

The first meeting was held in Palau in 2006 and in Majuro, Marshall Islands last year.

It brought together the heads of states from Taiwan and its six Pacific allies - Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Current foreign ministry spokesman Henry Chen was not available for comments, but former foreign ministry spokeswoman Phoebe Yeh, says the meeting was cancelled because of preparation problems.