China, Argentina and mutual support.

5 Jan

The British Virgin Islands have followed Britain’s example and granted free/automatic entry-visa status to passport holders from the Republic of China (Taiwan). This follows a similar waver granted by the United Kingdom in March 2009, and makes the British Virgin Islands the 125th country to do so.

They are also the sixth British Overseas Territory to offer this, after Bermuda, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos, St. Helena, and the Falkland Islands.

China recently re-affirmed its support to Argentina over that Government’s continuing claims to the British archipelago that lie 300 miles from the coast of South America. China has a seat on the United Nations’ Decolonisation Committee from where it resists any suggestion that Tibet should be added to the C24’s list of non-self governing territories, and seeks support wherever it can find it.

China’s objections to Taiwan’s de facto independence requires the assistance of such nations as Argentina, hence the tit-for-tat exchange of assurances when China’s Minister met his Argentine counterpart recently.

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