Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China

A view of seaside in Koror, Palau August 5, 2018. Picture taken August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Farah Master

KOROR, Palau (Reuters) – Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan. Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic tropical archipelago, branding it an illegal destination due […]

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