Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 9:04 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Republic of China (Taiwan) lost another ally today as the Dominican Republic severed their long-standing ties in favor of the People’s Republic of China.
The Dominican Republic announced the switch today, and Taiwan’s government immediately put out a response saying that it was “deeply upset” by the move, calling out mainland China for using monetary incentives to entice allies away from Taiwan.
Reuters reported that an unnamed diplomat from Taiwan said that China had won the Dominican Republic’s favor with a package of $3.1 billion in incentives and loans.
“Beijing’s attempts at foreign policy have only served to drive a wedge between the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, erode mutual trust, and further harm the feelings of the people of Taiwan,” said Joseph Wu.
Flavio Dario Espinal, legal consultant to the presidential office for the Dominican Republic said that the country was making the switch based on “needs, potential, and future prospects,” noting that China had become the second largest importer of his country’s exports.
The switch leaves Taiwan with only 19 diplomatic allies, five of which are in Central America. Those allies are Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Panama severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 2017.
China and Taiwan split during a civil war in 1949. Despite Taiwan’s population size, government, currency and diplomatic relations with other countries, the People’s Republic of China maintains its “One-China” policy, which states that Taiwan is merely a wayward province with no right to a state. China has vowed to recover Taiwan, even if it comes to taking military action.
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