Nicaragua severs ties with Taiwan to favor Beijing

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Nicaragua joins the expanding list of countries that have cut diplomatic ties to Taiwan.

Nicaragua became the latest country in favor of China to severe diplomatic ties.

Taiwan stated that it was deeply saddened and Nicaragua was also mentioned. [their]Many years of friendship.”

China was highly pleased with the outcome and demands that countries seeking diplomatic relations to China cut all ties with Taipei.

This comes just as the US State Department called Friday for democracy to “expand engagement” with Taiwan.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a separatist province, to be one day reunified with mainland. However, Taiwan sees itself as a democratically-governed, independent country, though it has never formally declared independence from the mainland.

Since May 2016, Taiwan has seen its list of international allies shrink from 21 to 14.

Nicaragua’s foreign minister stated, “Nicaragua has broken diplomatic relations and stopped having any official or contact relationship with Taiwan.”

Hua Chunying from China’s Foreign Ministry praised Nicaragua for its decision. He called it the “right call… in accord with the global trend”, and added that Nicaragua “has people’s support”.

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US State Department condemned the decision. It said that it was contrary to the will of Nicaraguans because their government had not been freely elected.

Some observers have criticized Nicaragua’s elections as lacking democracy legitimacy after hearing that several of the presidential candidates were detained.

“Without the mandate that goes with free and fair elections, [Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s]Ned Price, Department Spokesperson, stated that actions do not reflect the will and determination of Nicaraguans.

Price called for “all countries which value democracy institutions to expand engagement with Taiwan”. Price’s comments came as the US hosts a Summit for Democracy for two hours, where Taiwan was invited but not mainland China.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan stated in a statement, that they would promote pragmatic diplomacy and have the right to develop and exchange diplomatic relations.

  • Why is China and Taiwan so divided?

In 2019, the Philippines’ Pacific Island Nations of Kiribati (and the Solomon Islands) were among the first countries to break relations with Taiwan.

China also cut diplomatic relations to Lithuania in November. This was just days after Taiwan opened a de-facto embassy there.


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