China, El Salvador establish diplomatic ties

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Tsai, who is also chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), made the remarks at a meeting of the party's Central Executive Committee, citing incidents over the past few months such as El Salvador breaking diplomatic ties, the cancelation of Taichung's right to host the first East Asian Youth Games next year and Beijing's pressure campaigns against Taiwanese coffee and bakery chain 85°C (85度C) and worldwide airlines.

China expects self-ruled Taiwan's last diplomatic ally in Africa, the Kingdom of eSwatini, will switch to Beijing soon, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday, a day after China won over a third Taipei ally this year.

El Salvador's president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, announced in a nationally televised speech that his government had broken off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and instead established ties with China.

Taiwan's foreign ministry referred Reuters to a comment from Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Tuesday, when he said ties with eSwatini were "extremely firm".

Swaziland stands by Taiwan Warning China not to play "mind games" with it, Swaziland, Taiwan's last remaining ally in Africa, rebuffed Beijing's overtures to switch ties before next month's summit with African leaders.

"We will turn to countries with similar values to fight together against China's increasingly out-of-control worldwide behavior", President Tsai said.

Salvadoran authorities on Tuesday denied having asked Taiwan for money in exchange for maintaining diplomatic relations with the self-governing island, saying its decision to switch recognition to China was due to the enormous advantages of trading with the economic giant.

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In Beijing, the Chinese government's top diplomat, Wang Yi, said El Salvador had made the right decision. "However, the USA government now on the one hand is thwarting and even deterring other countries from. establishing normal relations with China", Lu said. Taiwan's list of allies is now down to just 17 countries, many of which are small, developing nations, including Belize. Taiwan's government used to make an effort to maintain relations with El Salvador, but beginning previous year, that country's ruling party began requesting a considerable amount of funds to support its development.

As for China, project financing under President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is under scrutiny on a global scale, from high-speed rail projects in Laos and Malaysia to ports in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and now, it seems, Central America as well.

"We are reviewing our relationship with El Salvador following this decision", the spokesperson added. Their establishment of diplomatic ties with the Chinese mainland is an irresistible trend.

But what really leaves us sighing, is that at this time, Ko has not contemplated the issue as a Taiwanese, so no wonder that exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui (郭文貴) directly argued that Ko's election as mayor of Taipei City has been a tragedy for Taiwan.

"China will not get unification with Taiwan by luring away our allies".

China's hostility to Taiwan has grown since Tsai's election as Beijing fears she wishes to push for the island's formal independence, a red line for China.

"Many of the island's "allies" have a larger trade volume with China than with Taiwan". "The ruling party has the responsibility to think of a better cross-strait policy".

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