Beijing: The Central American country Nicaragua, on Thursday called off its longstanding ties with the self-ruled democracy, Taiwan, and resumed diplomatic relationship with the mainland, saying it is the “right choice in line with the global trend”.
“The People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing all of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory,” Moncada said in a statement.
This comes as a recognition of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) “One China policy”, which acknowledges that there is only one China, the mainland or the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and Taiwan is part of it.
Only 14 countries now have official ties with Taiwan, a rapidly reducing pool of international allies in the face of China’s expanding economic and diplomatic heft.
Chinese state media confirmed the news but offered no further details.
Beijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if needed.
China has spent decades successfully encouraging Taiwan’s diplomatic allies to switch sides, including three others in Latin America in recent years — Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.
In the past, Taipei had fluid relations with Nicaragua, cooperating on issues such as health and agriculture.
When he returned to power in 2007, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega — a former Marxist guerrilla — had expressed his hope to establish ties with both China and Taiwan at the same time, a concept that China would not condone.
Taiwan’s remaining allies in Central America are Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. It has ties with a handful of other countries including Haiti and Paraguay.