Taiwan breaks ties with Honduras after it switches allegiance to Beijing - The Washington Post
Mar 26, 2023 56 secs
After a period of negotiation, Taipei decided “to terminate diplomatic relations with Honduras and stop bilateral cooperation,” Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said at a news conference Sunday morning.

Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina earlier this month described the country as “up to its neck” in debt that included $600 million owed to Taiwan.

The dispute over Taiwan’s status dates to the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949, when the Nationalists fled to the island and established an administration there, transitioning to democracy decades later.

In a statement late Saturday, the Honduran Foreign Ministry announced that “the government of Honduras recognizes the existence of just one China in the world” and described Taiwan as an “inseparable part of Chinese territory.”

On Sunday morning, the news trended on Chinese social media platform Weibo, and the topic “Honduras announces breaking diplomatic ties with Taiwan” had been viewed more than 100 million times.

The end of ties between Taiwan and Honduras shows how Washington’s influence in Latin America is shrinking, Zhong Houtao, an associate professor at the University of International Relations in Beijing, said in an interview with state media on Thursday.



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