Today Taiwan has broken the diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso after the previous announcement of rupture by that African country, “to maintain national dignity,” announced the island’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu.
“China is the main factor behind the rupture,” said the foreign minister of Taiwan, who added that Beijing has offered millions of promises of economic aid.
The main reason for this Chinese action is the improvement of ties in Taiwan with important countries such as the United States, explained the head of island diplomacy, who called an emergency press conference after hearing the decision of Burkina Faso
“We will not give in to the Chinese pressure,” Wu warned, “nor will we abandon the effort to improve ties with like-minded countries,” among which he mentioned to the United States.
Burkina Faso was the largest Taiwanese diplomatic ally (270,000 square kilometers and 15 million inhabitants). The African country maintained relations with Taiwan from 1961 to 1973 and from 1994 until now, while it had relations with China between 1973 and 1994.
It is the second loss of an ally in less than a month, after the Dominican Republic and China announced on May 1 in Beijing the establishment of diplomatic relations.
After the loss of Burkina Faso, Taiwan now has only 18 diplomatic allies, of which ten are in Latin America and the Caribbean (Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines , Saint Lucia, and Paraguay).
Six others are in Oceania (Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the republics of Kiribati, Nauru, Palau and Marshall Islands), one African country (Swaziland) and the rest is European (Vatican).