Taiwan promised on Feb. 18 to help residents of tiny Tuvalu, one of only 23 allies that recognize Taiwan over rival China, before the island chain is wiped off the map under a rising South Pacific. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou told visiting Tuvalu Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia his government wanted to work more closely with the archipelago where the highest point is just 16 ft above sea level. Tuvalu, covering 10 sq miles over nine coral reefs, faces inundation as global warming pushes up sea levels. Leaders in the archipelago have sought an eventual haven for their 12,000 citizens. (Reuters)

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