China re­sumes Sao Tome ties in diplo­matic loss for Tai­wan

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

BEI­JING | China and Sao Tome and Principe of­fi­cially re­sumed diplo­matic re­la­tions Mon­day in a tri­umph for Bei­jing over ri­val Tai­wan af­ter the African is­land na­tion abruptly broke away from the self-ruled is­land last week.

The move is a vic­tory for Bei­jing, which con­sid­ers the self-gov­ern­ing is­land of Tai­wan a part of China’s ter­ri­tory and has been out­raged by sug­ges­tions by Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump that he could re­think U.S. pol­icy that ac­knowl­edges this. Bei­jing and Taipei have com­peted for al­lies for much of the nearly seven decades since the end of China’s civil war in 1949, when the de­feated Na­tion­al­ist government fled across the Tai­wan Strait.

Most of the world does not for­mally rec­og­nize Tai­wan as a con­di­tion of main­tain­ing re­la­tions with China. Sao Tome and Tai­wan broke ties last week, leav­ing 21 coun­tries and gov­ern­ments, mostly in Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean, that have of­fi­cial ties with Tai­wan.

Sao Tome and Principe is an is­land na­tion off the coast of west-cen­tral Africa with a pop­u­la­tion of al­most 200,000.

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