Nicaragua is breaking ties with Taiwan, switches allegiance to Beijing

Nicaragua is breaking ties with Taiwan switches allegiance to Beijing

December 14, 2021: -Nicaragua on Thursday broke its longstanding diplomatic ties with Taiwan, switching allegiance to Beijing in recognition of the Chinese Communist party’s “one China” policy and reducing Taipei’s dwindling pool of international allies.

“The government of the Republic of Nicaragua is breaking diplomatic relations with Taiwan and ceases to have an official relationship,” the foreign ministry said that issued in Spanish and English.

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

Taiwan is responding quickly, expressing “pain and regret” at the decision and saying that the Central American president, Daniel Ortega, had disregarded the friendship amid the peoples of Taiwan and Nicaragua.

But Taiwan’s government expressed defiance. “As a member of the international community, Taiwan has the right to exchange and develop diplomatic relations with different countries,” its foreign ministry said.

Taiwan will continue to promote “pragmatic diplomacy,” expanding its international space and striving to achieve Taiwan’s “due international status.”

“We highly commend the right decision made by the Government of Nicaragua, which is in line with the prevailing trend of the time and people’s aspiration,” he said. “The One-China principle is a consensus widely accepted by the international community and allowing no challenge.”

The break with Taiwan is a blow to the United States. It is following months of worsening ties amid Ortega and Washington and came on the day the U.S. State Department said it is slapping sanctions on Nestor Moncada Lau, a national security adviser to Ortega, alleged he operates an import and customs fraud scheme to enrich members of Ortega’s government.

Last month U.S. President Joe Biden was ripping into Ortega, calling Nicaragua’s presidential election a “pantomime” as the former Marxist guerrilla and Cold War adversary of the U.S won the election for a fourth consecutive term.

One Taiwan-based diplomatic source, similar to the region, said the move was not a surprise given Washington’s lack of leverage with Ortega due to the sanctions. It looks like China for aid and support was a natural course of action.

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