The statement stressed that “the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government representing China, and Taiwan is an undisputed part of Chinese territory.”
The head of diplomacy, Denis Moncada, did not say the reasons for this sudden decision. Nicaragua has had diplomatic relations with Taiwan for many years.
The Taiwan government expressed “pain and regret” over the decision, but stressed that Taiwan “as a member of the international community has the right to maintain and develop diplomatic relations with other countries.”
Reuters notes that the Nicaraguan government’s decision reduces the number of countries that have formal relations with Taiwan.
On the other hand, the French news agency indicated that the decision came shortly after Washington tightened sanctions against Managua, after Daniel Ortega was elected to a fourth consecutive presidential term, preceded by the imprisonment of all his rivals.
Taiwan has worked with Nicaragua mainly in the areas of agriculture, health and housing. Several Taiwanese companies have been operating in the country since the 1990s.
China, which considers Taiwan a rebellious province with no right to state status, expressed its satisfaction with Nicaragua’s decision.
Beijing has long launched a diplomatic offensive, especially in Central America, with the aim of dissuading countries in the region from maintaining relations with Taiwan.
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