BBC News:– Nicaragua has become the latest country to cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favour of China.
Taiwan said it was “deeply saddened”, adding that Nicaragua had “disregarded [their] many years of friendship”.
The decision was praised by China, which demands that any country that wants diplomatic relations with it must cut existing ties with Taipei.
It comes as the US State Department on Friday called for democracies to “expand engagement with Taiwan”.
Beijing sees Taiwan as a breakaway province to be reunified with the mainland one day. However, Taiwan sees itself as a democratically-governed, independent country, though it has never formally declared independence from the mainland.
Taiwan’s list of international allies has dwindled from 21 down to 14 since President Tsai Ing-wen took office in May 2016.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying praised Nicaragua’s decision, calling it the “right choice … in line with the global trend” adding that it “has people’s support”.
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