The authorities of the Central American state of Nicaragua on Friday severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan and established them with the People’s Republic of China.
This was announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry after the meeting of Chinese officials with the Minister of Finance of Nicaragua and the two sons of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, which took place in the city of Tianjin.
“The People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government that represents all of China, and Taiwan is an inseparable part of China,” the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry said about the new government policy in Managua.
Agencies call the decision of the Nicaraguan authorities a blow to the United States. They themselves formally also do not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan, however, they provide the autonomous authorities of the island with support, including in the defense sphere, and declare the inadmissibility of the PRC’s attempts to solve the Taiwan problem by force.
The US State Department said that the decision of the Nicaraguan authorities does not reflect the will of the people, since the recent elections in the country, in which Ortega was re-elected for another term, were not free and fair.
In 1985, Nicaragua, which was then led by the same Ortega, had already severed relations with Taiwan, but they were restored in 1990 after the opposition came to power in Nicaragua. After returning to the presidency, Ortega did not sever ties with Taiwan for a long time, however, it is alleged that he took this step after a serious aggravation of relations with the United States.
- Taiwan has been run since 1949 by an administration that is not subordinate to the PRC authorities in Beijing. Officially, Taiwan calls itself the “Republic of China”, claiming that its administration is the legitimate government of all of China. The PRC authorities, in turn, regard Taiwan as a rebellious province. Because of this collision, the countries of the world cannot have diplomatic relations simultaneously with the PRC and Taiwan (“the Republic of China”). The overwhelming majority of countries support them with the PRC, while many of them also have ties with Taiwan, primarily economic ones. Only 13 UN member states now have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan. These are mainly the states of Central America and Micronesia, which, as a rule, maintain close relations with the United States.