Flags of Taiwan and foreign countries flutter in the Diplomatic Quarter, home to the former Nicaraguan embassy and other foreign embassies, in Taipei, Taiwan December 10, 2021. REUTERS / Sarah Wu
December 10, 2021
Beijing/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China and Nicaragua re-established diplomatic ties on Friday after it severed ties with China-claimed Taiwan, boosting Beijing in an area long seen as the backyard of the United States and increasing the isolation of Taipei.
China has ramped up military and political pressure on Taiwan to accept its claim, drawing anger from the democratically ruled island, which has repeatedly said it will not being bullied and have the right to participate internationally.
China’s Foreign Ministry, which announced the decision after a meeting with Nicaragua’s Finance Minister and the two sons of President Daniel Ortega in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, said the country had made the right decision. .
“This is the right choice, in line with the general trend and the aspirations of the people.”
The severance of relations is because Taiwan only has official relations with 14 countries, mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed “pain and regret”, saying Ortega had disregarded the friendship between the peoples of Taiwan and Nicaragua. But Taipei is also defiant.
“As a member of the international community, Taiwan has the right to exchange and develop diplomatic relations with other countries,” the ministry said.
Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said China is doing all it can to isolate Taiwan, but has vowed to fail.
“We also see that many countries with the same democratic and liberal values are paying more and more attention to Taiwan and supporting Taiwan,” he told reporters.
The severance with Taiwan is a blow to the United States.
It comes after months of deteriorating relations between Ortega and Washington, and comes on the day the US State Department said it had imposed sanctions on Nestor Moncada Lau, the national security adviser. of Ortega, accusing him of operating an import and customs fraud scheme to enrich members of Ortega’s Government.
China says that Taiwan is one of its provinces that has no right to be trapped by a state, and has stepped up efforts to win over Taiwan’s remaining allies, especially in Central America and the Caribbean. with El Salvador and the Dominican Republic going to Beijing in 2018 and Panama a year ago.
(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian, and Ben Blanchard, Yimou Lee and Sarah Wu; Additional reporting by Josh Horwitz in Shanghai; additional reporting by Mexico City; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Gerry Doyle )
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