By Aaron Humes: It is already December 10 in Taipei, but the day has not started well for the Republic of China (Taiwan) after the Republic of Nicaragua unilaterally terminated diplomatic relations earlier today.
In a statement, the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs says: “The Taiwan government deeply regrets this decision. To safeguard national sovereignty and dignity, Taiwan has decided to terminate diplomatic relations with Nicaragua with immediate effect, end all bilateral cooperation projects and aid programs, and recall staff of its Embassy and Technical Mission in Nicaragua.”
The statement adds that Taiwan considered itself “a sincere and reliable friend to Nicaragua and has long worked with Nicaragua to improve the livelihoods of its people and assist with its national development” and regrets the decision of President Daniel Ortega’s government to end that relationship (Ortega is a committed socialist and was rebuffed when he first came to power suggesting to establish ties with both the Republic and People’s Republic of China.)
Ortega’s government now recognizes the People’s Republic of China, leaving Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras the only countries in Central America recognizing the Republic of China (Taiwan); in fact, only 14 countries in the world now do so.
The Taiwanese statement concludes: “As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan has the right to conduct exchanges and develop diplomatic relations with other nations. The Taiwan government will continue to promote steadfast diplomacy to expand Taiwan’s international participation. It will spare no effort in upholding regional peace and stability, ensuring its rightful status in the international community, safeguarding national interests, and protecting the Taiwanese people’s well-being.”