Dominican Republic establishes ties with China, to break relations with Taiwan

WION Web Team Dominican Republic May 01, 2018, 07.05 AM(IST)

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The Caribbean nation had established relations with Taiwan in the 1940s.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said today that the Dominican Republic has signed an agreement to establish diplomatic ties with the Communist state.

"We have taken the decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, with the conviction that this decision will be extraordinarily positive for the future of our country," an official statement from the Dominican Republic said.

The Dominican Republic added that it was breaking relations with Taiwan.

Taiwan's foreign minister, Joseph Wu, condemned the Dominican Republic for establishing official links with China.

"Its decision to switch allegiance was because of financial incentives from China," Wu said.

Taiwan has decided to recall all its officials after the announcement of Dominican Republic to establish relations with China.

"President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic has ignored our long-term partnership, the wishes of the people of the Dominican Republic, and the years of development assistance provided by Taiwan, to accept false promises of investment and aid by China," Wu said.

The Caribbean nation had established relations with Taiwan in the 1940s.

Taiwan "strongly condemns China's objectionable decision to use dollar diplomacy to convert Taiwan's diplomatic allies. Beijing's attempts at foreign policy have only served to drive a wedge between the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, erode mutual trust and further harm the feelings of the people of Taiwan", he added.