Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the severing of diplomatic relations with Honduras and the closure of the embassy
BEIJING, March 26 — RIA Novosti. Taiwan ended diplomatic relations with Honduras, closed its embassy, declaration On Sunday, the island’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Wu (Wu Zhaose).
“(Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. – Ed.) has decided to end diplomatic relations with the Republic of Honduras, completely cease bilateral cooperation and abolish the embassy,” Joseph Wu said at a press conference posted on the ministry’s YouTube channel.
Earlier on Sunday, the Honduran Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it was severing diplomatic relations with Taiwan. In the statement, it was noted that Honduras recognizes the existence of only one China in the world and that PRC is the only legitimate government.
When asked by a reporter whether Honduras or Taiwan had the upper hand in breaking relations, Joseph Wu replied, “I think everyone noticed that we recalled the Honduran ambassador a few days ago, he has already returned to Taiwan.”
He also noted that the decision to make a statement regarding the severance of relations on Sunday morning was taken the day before when the Honduran Foreign Minister arrived in Beijing.
Thus, Taiwan has 13 diplomatic allies left: Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Eswatini, Tuvalu and the Vatican. Taipei maintains ties with other states through its “economic and cultural representations”. Previously, there were more countries that maintained diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but in recent years many, including El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Burkina Faso, Panama, the Pacific province of Kiribati, have decided to break these relations by establishing official relations with China. Solomon Islands, Nicaragua.
Official relations between the PRC central government and the island province were interrupted in 1949 when Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, defeated in a civil war with the Chinese Communist Party, moved to Taiwan. Commercial and informal contacts between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. From the early 1990s, the parties began to establish contacts through non-governmental organizations – the Beijing Association for the Advancement of Relations across the Taiwan Strait and the Taipei Cross-Strait Exchange Foundation.
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