Nicaragua broke off diplomatic ties with Taiwan in recognition of Beijing’s One China Policy, reducing Taipei’s pool of allies to just 14 countries.
“The government of the Republic of Nicaragua recognizes that there is only one, single China in the world,” Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Denis Moncada announced on Thursday, state media El 19 reported.
Nicaragua had been one of the 15 countries with official diplomatic relations with Taiwan as a separate state from China, which claims the island as part of their territory.
Taiwan reciprocated the move “to uphold national dignity”, expressing regret at the loss of one of its few official allies. It added that it will continue to develop diplomatic relations elsewhere.
“Taiwan has always been a sincere and reliable friend to Nicaragua,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. “Taiwan deeply regrets that the Ortega government has decided to disregard the long-standing and close friendship between the people of Taiwan and Nicaragua.”
In the recent years, Beijing had successfully convinced former Taipei allies Panama, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic to switch sides. With Nicaragua following suit, observers expect a similar fallout with another ally, Honduras, after its recent election of Xiomara Castro as president.
Castro pledged to maintain relations with Taipei, although she had asserted during her campaign that her tenure will prioritize diplomatic relations with Beijing.
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