Guatemala City / Singapore: Panama opens diplomatic relations with China, the latest blow to Taiwan, while Beijing leaders try to isolate the autonomous island.
Said the president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela Monday the movement in a national direction. China is the second largest user of the Panama Canal and played a key role in the areas of telecommunications banking, he said, adding that Taiwan was an excellent friend.
“We have reached a historic milestone,” said M. Varela. “Both countries are opting for the connection of an increasingly integrated world of, creating a new era of opportunities for a relationship that we begin today.”
The policy change would reduce the number of nations that recognize the Taipei government, instead of Beijing, the latest success of China’s efforts to push Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen. The loss of Panama, one of the oldest diplomat friends in Taiwan, can encourage others, such as the Vatican or Paraguay to do the same.
“China-Panama relations opened a new chapter,” Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, said at a signing and press ceremony in Beijing. She went missing glasses of champagne with Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President of Panama, and the Foreign Minister.
“We recognize that the People’s Republic of China is the only government in China,” said Saint Malo, referring to the People’s Republic of China. He said Panama separates ties with Taiwan and hopes that relations with China could lead to business investment opportunities and tourism, especially “on Panama’s export goods to China.” Wang welcomed Panama to participate in the Strap and Road Initiative in China.
“The rupture has a symbolic significance, since formal diplomatic ties are very long,” said Ja Ian Chong, an associate professor at the National University of Singapore who specializes in Asia-Pacific relations. “There may be a domino effect in terms of recognition.”
The Communist Party considers Taiwan as a province and criticized the refusal to accept Tsai that both parties belong to the status of “One China” for the links. As the progressive progressive independent independence party came to power last year, Beijing has tried to appeal to Taiwan’s remaining diplomatic partners. In December, the small African nation of Sao Tome and Principe won.
Taiwan reevaluate relations with China, said Joseph Wu, general secretary of the presidential office in Taipei after the decision of Panama. The presidential office expressed its “regret and dissatisfaction” at Panama and stated that Taiwan would not use the money to compete with diplomacy.
“Suppression of Taiwan’s Beijing International Space is not only an open threat to the people of Taiwan right to life, it is a provocation to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and in the region,” the office said in a statement . “We strongly condemn this.”
The Taiwan-Panama links, dating back more than a century, have effilotisés while China became the largest trading nation in the world. Last year, Panama’s trade with China was almost 50 times greater than that of Taiwan, according to statistics from the two governments.
The island has avoided the desertion of Panama in 2009 only because Beijing rejected its proposals in what was seen as a favor for President Ma Ying-jeou, who accepted the “one China” framework in the context of a greater effort to expand The commercial ties across the Taiwan Strait.