China Says Taiwan Should Make ‘Wise Choice’ on One China Principle — Panama cuts diplomatic channel to Taiwan

BEIJING — China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Tuesday that Taiwan should make a “wise choice” on recognising the one China principle, after Panama dropped ties with the self-ruled island in favour of formal relations with Beijing.

The Taiwan Affairs Office posted the statement to its website.

China distrusts Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and her ruling party, which traditionally advocates independence for Taiwan. Soon after Tsai took power, Beijing cut official communication channels with her government to try to pressure her to concede that Taiwan is part of China.

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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Panama Establishes Ties With China, Further Isolating Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Panama has severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favor of recognizing China, the latest in a series of developments adding to the island’s isolation on the world stage.

Only 19 countries and the Vatican now recognize Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China. Many of those countries are in Central America, including Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and the decision by Panama, announced on Monday, appeared to put those relationships in doubt.

China refuses to have diplomatic ties with countries that officially recognize Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory and has threatened to annex by force, if necessary. Since 1945, Taiwan has been ruled by the Republic of China government, which lost the Chinese civil war and fled the mainland in 1949.

The news is a major setback for Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen. She visited Panama last summer, shortly after taking office, for the inauguration of President Juan Carlos Varela and the opening of an expanded Panama Canal. The first ship to sail through the expanded canal was a Chinese one.

In January, Ms. Tsai returned to the region to attend the inauguration of President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua. She also made stops in Guatemala and Honduras, during a trip that was presented domestically as shoring up Taiwan’s alliances in Central America.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “indignation and regret” at the decision. It said that in addition to withdrawing its diplomatic mission, it would cease all bilateral cooperation and aid.

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One Response to “China Says Taiwan Should Make ‘Wise Choice’ on One China Principle — Panama cuts diplomatic channel to Taiwan”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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