Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Taiwan loses diplomatic ally as Dominican Republic switches ties to China

Dominican Republic DAILYEXPRESSThe Dominican Republic has announced plans to end ties with Taiwan in favour of China
Ray Hunter | 01 May, 2018, 12:45

As the Dominican Republic cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan and switched it recognition to Beijing, Taiwan vowed to defy this latest encroachment and said that Beijing's plot to deprive Taiwan of global space would only antagonize the Taiwanese people and fuel their resolve to resist.

The agreement also described Taiwan as an "inalienable part of Chinese territory".

China has not responded to Ms Tsai's suggestion and may not do so amid chilly relations with Taiwan, which broke from the mainland along the Taiwan Strait in 1950 after a bloody civil war.

Santo Domingo and Beijing have consented to send ambassadors to one another's countries, as well as provide "all necessary help" to get the embassies up and running. Beijing no longer observes the "diplomatic truce" of the Ma Ying-jeou era, and "will continue to pull Taiwan's diplomatic partners away in years to come".

Vargas said the deal "opens a new strategic chapter with sights set on contributing to the progress of our nation".

The Dominican Republic established relations with Taiwan in 1944.

In Taipei, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the Taiwanese government was "deeply upset by China's actions".

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Sir Kim Darroch , Britain's ambassador to the United States , tweeted that he was " delighted " by the announcement. Asked how concerned Mr Trump was about the prospect of protests , Mr Johnson said: "He's very thick-skinned".

The Dominican Republic is the latest to accept the lure of Chinese financial assistance and investment, following Panama, which switched allegiance to China in June 2017. The Vatican in particular has been watched closely for signs it could switch, as China's historically confrontational ties with the Catholic Church have eased somewhat in recent months. China has offered many developing countries aid packages.

Soto Jimenez also told the vice foreign minister that he only learnt of his government's decision to cut ties with Taiwan on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

The Dominican Republic started its commercial and political contacts with China in the middle of the last decade. At the news conference, Wu said that all cooperation projects with Santo Domingo would be ended immediately in order to "uphold national dignity".

Despite Taiwan's status as an independently functioning democracy, Beijing forces the worldwide community to establish diplomatic ties with either the People's Republic of China or Taiwan (formally known as the Republic of China), under the "One China" principle, which insists Taiwan is part of China.

The governments in Beijing and Taipei insist that countries can not recognise both of them.

Only 19 nations have official ties with Taiwan today, including the Vatican.

In Taipei, Wu said China had failed to follow through on its promises to former Taiwan diplomatic allies, including $140 million in aid to the small West African country of Sao Tome and Principe in late 2016.

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