Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is visiting Central America, but China has been vocal in its opposition. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mao Ning warned “recognise the situation, make the correct choice” before Tsai arrived, prompting Taiwan’s Presidential Office to retort that China should not interfere in Taiwan’s diplomatic affairs. Honduras announced it was breaking diplomatic ties with Taiwan to establish them with China prior to Tsai’s trip.
– Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen recently finished a visit to New York and is now en route to Guatemala to visit a diplomatic ally.
– Before her arrival, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning made a statement to Guatemala, urging them to make the “correct choice” and recognize China rather than Taiwan.
– Taiwan’s Presidential Office spokesperson Lin Yu-chang responded by saying that China has no right to interfere in Taiwan’s diplomatic affairs and urged China to act as a responsible regional power.
– Honduras recently cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan and established relations with China, which has raised concerns about China’s promises regarding diplomatic recognition.