Honduras dumping Taiwan for China

Honduras is breaking ties with Taiwan as its president, Xiomara Castro, has announced the establishment of diplomatic relations with China.

Castro wrote on Twitter that she had instructed Foreign Minister Eduardo Reina “to undertake the opening of official relations with the People’s Republic of China,” Agence France-Presse reported.

The switch — which Castro pledged to make while on the campaign trail — comes weeks after her government announced it was negotiating with China to build a hydroelectric dam.

Honduras is one of only 14 countries that officially recognize Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers part of its territory to be retaken one day, by force if necessary.

The Honduran government did not immediately confirm whether it had officially severed ties with Taipei.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry on Wednesday asked Honduras to carefully consider its decision, warning that it may fall into a trap.

Honduras is among three Central American states — alongside Belize and Guatemala — that still recognize Taiwan.

It is one of its few remaining allies in Latin America after China poached Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica in recent years.

Other Taiwan diplomatic allies include the Vatican, Eswatini, Paraguay and Haiti, as well as seven small island nations in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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