Honduras cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

World 17:58 26.03.2023
Taiwan confirmed the loss of another of its diplomatic allies on Sunday, accusing Beijing of coercion and “flashy promises” in enticing Honduras away from Taipei.
 
Ednews reports citing Telegraph that the move leaves Taipei with just 13 official allies, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean, and also including the Vatican. China claims Taiwan as part of its territory, and countries have to choose between having official relations with Beijing or Taipei.  
 
The coup for Beijing comes ahead of sensitive stopovers by President Tsai Ing-wen in the United States next week as she travels to and from Taiwan’s Central American allies Belize and Guatemala. 
 
During a stopover, she is expected to meet with US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, which would draw Beijing’s ire. After McCarthy’s predecessor Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August last year, China staged war games near Taiwan.
 
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said at a press conference on Sunday that Honduras’ decision to end their relationship, which goes back to 1941, was “regrettable”. He said Taipei would end all projects and aid programmes in Honduras, and recall its embassy staff.
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