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Posted: Friday, February 5, 2021. 11:57 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The People’s Republic of China (Taiwan) has blamed its Mainland brother for interfering in its establishment of a trade office in Guyana this week, by pressuring the Caribbean country to ditch the agreement.

The Associated Press via ABC News reports that Taiwan “regrets… China’s bullying and efforts to isolate Taiwan and shrink its international space,” citing the Mainland Foreign Ministry’s demand that Guyana “correct mistakes” concerning its relationship with Taiwan, of which there is officially none.

China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin congratulated Guyana for its about-turn and warned that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan risked making a laughing-stock of itself by pursuing international relations.

China continues to claim the island as its territory and pressure other countries and organizations to freeze Taiwan out.

The Guyana facility was intended to focus on cooperation in areas like agriculture, education and trade. Guyana said on Thursday that the facility would not lead to full diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

Taiwan has just 15 formal diplomatic allies as well as a network of trade offices around the world that act as de facto embassies, including in the United States, Japan and most other major nations.

Beijing has refused all direct contacts with Taiwan’s government since the election of independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016. Tsai was re-elected last year to a second four-year term.

Taiwan still has strong U.S. support, however. The democratically governed island has had support under administrations of both U.S. political parties, and the Trump administration last year sent the highest-level U.S. government delegation since the U.S. switched relations from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

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