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Nicaragua cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

(CNN Español) – Government Nicaragua Foreign Minister Denis Moncada at a press conference this afternoon decided to cut ties with Taiwan and would only recognize China.

“The People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing all of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory,” Moncada said.

“The government of the Republic of Nicaragua has severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan as of today and has stopped having any official contact or relationship,” he said.

Although Taiwan and China have been ruled separately for more than 70 years, Beijing views the democratic island of 24 million people as part of its territory, and has repeatedly declared its goal of “reunification,” even though Taiwan has never ruled it. Chinese Communists. party, party.

In an effort to impose Taiwan’s hand, Beijing has spent the past 40 years trying to isolate the island by undermining its diplomatic allies with offers of support.

In a statement, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry expressed “pain and regret” over the news and said it would, in turn, cut diplomatic ties with Nicaragua, halt bilateral cooperation and evacuate personnel from the country.

“Ortega’s presidency has ignored the long-standing friendship between Taiwanese and Nicaraguans who share good and evil. We are very sorry to see that,” he said, referring to recently re-elected Nicaraguan leader, Daniel Ortega.

“Taiwan, as part of the international community, has the right to maintain diplomatic relations with other countries. We will continue to promote ‘strong diplomacy’ to expand our international space for survival, devote ourselves to maintaining regional peace and stability, and fight for international prestige,” the statement added. We deserve and protect the interests of this country and the interests of the people.”

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Under President Xi Jinping, China has steadily increased its global influence and influence. Meanwhile, the newest US presidents, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, have tried to push Taiwan onto the world stage with massive arms sales and high-profile visits by US officials.

Nicaragua’s declaration leaves more than a dozen countries around the world with formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, including Honduras and Guatemala.

CNN’s Philip Wang in Atlanta and Matt Rivers in Mexico City contributed to this report.

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