Honduras is the latest nation to consider cutting diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China, the world’s second-largest economy.
The Central American country is reportedly in negotiations with China to establish diplomatic relations, according to local media. This could be a major blow for Taiwan, which is already facing increasing diplomatic isolation from its rivals in the region.
The news was first reported by Honduran newspaper La Prensa, citing an unnamed source close to the government. The source said that Honduras’s Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales has been in talks with the Chinese government since 2019 to establish diplomatic relations.
The news comes at a time when Taiwan is facing increasing diplomatic pressure from China. In the past two years, a number of countries including the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama, and Sao Tome and Principe have all cut ties with Taiwan and established diplomatic relations with China.
Taiwan, which is officially known as the Republic of China, is still recognized by only 15 countries around the world. This includes the Vatican, which is the only European country to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
The news of Honduras possibly switching allegiances has been met with criticism from Taiwanese officials. Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said in a statement that the country “will not bow to China’s pressure and will continue to seek for diplomatic space in the international arena.”
The news has also sparked a debate in Honduras. Some argue that establishing diplomatic relations with China could bring economic benefits to the country, while others believe it could be detrimental to its sovereignty.
It remains to be seen if Honduras will follow in the footsteps of other countries and cut ties with Taiwan. But if it does, it could be yet another blow to Taiwan, which is already facing increasing diplomatic isolation from its rivals in the region.