Tiny African nation cuts ties with Taipei Inside
Returns Sao Tome and Principe to ‘right track’ on one-China principle: Beijing
One of Taiwan’s three African allies cut its “diplomatic ties” with the island, and observers predicted more such defeats if Taiwan continues to challenge the one-China principle.
The African island nation of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe announced on Tuesday that it had broken its “diplomatic ties” with Taiwan.
Currently, 21 countries and governments, mainly small nations and islands in Latin America, Oceania and Africa, rely heavily on economic aid from Taiwan and hold such ties with the island.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday that China welcomed the decision by Sao Tome and Principe, since the one- China policy is widely recognized around the world.
China praised the move and welcomed the African country to “return to the right track of the one-China principle”, she said, adding that the principle is related to China’s core interests and is the political foundation for China’s friendly ties with other countries.
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Lanterns in the form of giraffes light up the night during a Chinese Lantern Festival display on Tuesday at Longleat House, near Warminster in England. In China, the festival is held in February or March.