China and the Dominican Republic establish ties

Taiwanese cadets march during a ceremony to mark the 92nd anniversary of the Whampoa Military Academy in Kaohsiung southern Taiwan

Taiwanese cadets march during a ceremony to mark the 92nd anniversary of the Whampoa Military Academy in Kaohsiung southern Taiwan

With that as a backdrop, Beijing claims its offers of loans and investments to Panama, the Dominican Republic and a host of other nations are not tied to any pre-condition that the countries must cut ties with Taiwan.

Its actions had damaged cross-strait relations and eroded trust, said Wu, who blamed China's financial incentives for ending Taiwan's 77-year alliance with the Dominican Republic.

Its switch is a diplomatic victory for Beijing, which has often dangled generous aid packages in front of developing nations.

"On the one hand, she has been stepping up efforts to make Taiwan "less Chinese" and carrying out a policy of "saying no to China while fawning all over the United States and Japan"; and on the other hand, she now demands respect for Taiwan from the mainland and wants to talk 'without any political precondition, '" said an online commentary of the People's Daily, the ruling Chinese Communist Party's mouthpiece.

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The last country to sever ties with Taiwan in favor of China was Panama, in June past year.

Even though Taiwan has been isolated from the worldwide community, people can still make an effort to make it a better place, Lim told the USA publication. The investment includes $400 million for a freeway and $300 million for a new gas-fired power plant. Beijing has since voiced fears that this may lead to a declaration of independence by the autonomous island.

Taiwan is regularly shut out of influential forums as organisers come under pressure from Beijing not to recognise the island as a valid participant. Costa Rica did likewise in 2007.

Taiwan split from mainland China amid civil in 1949, and Beijing campaigns relentlessly to isolate the island globally.

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He emphasized the significance of the decision, saying that it will be in the interests of the Dominican Republic and its people.

The Dominican Republic said it had taken the decision after a long process of consultation, taking its needs and potential into account, according to a statement on the president's website.

Tsai said that she would be willing to hold talks with Xi if such a meeting could take place "on an equal footing and without any political precondition" - an idea already scoffed by China's state media as "wishful thinking".

Speaking at a press conference (link in Spanish), Flavio Darío Espinal, legal adviser to the Dominican president, cited "history and socioeconomic reality" as the reason for switching its allegiance.

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Meanwhile, the Taiwan Defence Industry Development Association said on the weekend that US government officials would not attend a Taiwan-US defence contractors forum in Taiwan next week. The Chinese regime planned to "punish" Taiwan by snatching away the democratic island nation's last remaining diplomatic allies. Beijing considers the island a breakaway province and eyes reunification.

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