Taiwan ties hurt may Marshalls ship registry

BY GIFF JOHNSON

Marshall Islands Correspondent

MAJURO, Marshall Islands — The Marshall Islands ship registry continues to grow, earlier this year moving past Liberia to become the second largest registry globally. The registry is smaller only than Panama, the Goliath of flags of convenience.

However, the country’s diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan) could become a business liability that changes the high-growth phenomena characterizing the registry over the past several years.

   The spotlight was put on this issue in June when Panama dropped diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of the People’s . . .

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