The Marxist leadership in Beijing implies additional Taipei supporters would follow Nicaragua in cutting ties with the islands; meanwhile, the US encourages more like-minded countries to strengthen their contact with Taiwan.
On December 9, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price remarked, “Taiwan’s partnerships with international partners in the Western Hemisphere bring important economic and security advantages to citizens of those countries.”
America Loses an Ally
Price’s remarks came on the heels of Nicaragua’s decision on Thursday to sever ties with Taiwan, in favor of China’s Marxist administration. The administration claims the self-governing island as its own property, which it intends to seize by force if necessary.
Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega won a fourth term in November’s elections, despite imprisoning 40 opposition activists and seven possible presidential candidates. He was reprimanded by the State Department for failing to represent the will of the Nicaraguan population.
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“Ortega’s departure deprives Nicaraguans of a dependable partner in their democratic and economic prosperity,” Price stated.
In a statement, he stated, “We welcome all countries that value democratic processes, openness, the rule of law, and advancing economic prosperity for their inhabitants to enhance contact with Taiwan.”
Taiwan’s Friend Circle is Closing
Following Nicaragua’s decision, Taiwan now has only 14 diplomatic allies, including the Vatican. Beijing’s government of China has attempted to isolate Taipei on the world scene by wooing away the island’s surviving allies.
Since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-election wen’s victory in 2016, the country has lost eight diplomatic ties. The regime’s harsh stance, on the other hand, caused worldwide concern and aided Taiwan in gaining greater support.
Despite the lack of formal links, the US continues to provide weapons and offer training to Taipei in order to ensure the island’s ability to defend itself, as mandated under the Taiwan Relations Act.
Taiwan’s relations with the European Union, Japan, as well as other democratic states have also improved.
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“The greater the foreign support for Taiwan’s freedom, the stronger the pressure from the totalitarian camp,” Tsai remarked on Friday.
“We will not alter our commitment to adhere to democracy and liberty, to go on the world arena, and to join in the global democratic society, regardless of diplomatic pressure or armed coercion,” she declared at a Taipei event.
According to Antonio C. Hsiang, a scholar at Chile’s La Academia Nacional de Estudios y Estrategicos, the diplomacy interruption is a reaction to Taiwan’s open invite to Biden’s Summit for Democracy.
Delegates from Taiwan are taking part in a multiple virtual democracy conference, which began on Thursday at the White House’s request. The fact that it had been omitted from the guest list enraged the authorities.
The Chinese government opposes Taiwan’s participation in international forums or diplomacy.
“We expect that eventually, these nations will establish or restore normal diplomatic relations with China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press conference on Friday.