Honduras announces severance of official diplomatic ties with Taiwan

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26th March 2023 – (Tegucigalpa) Honduras’ Foreign Minister, Enrique Reina, visited China last week to discuss establishing diplomatic relations with the Asian giant. The move sparked outrage from Taiwan, which later recalled its ambassador to Honduras, Vivia , in protest.

According to reports on Sunday, Honduras has now announced that it will sever diplomatic ties with Taiwan, in favour of forging closer links with China.

Honduras is the fourth country to switch allegiance from Taiwan to China since President Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016, following Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador.

In response to the news, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has scheduled a press conference for Sunday morning to officially announce the end of diplomatic relations with Honduras. Taiwan’s ambassador to Honduras, Vivia Chang, was recalled on Thursday (23rd March) to express “grave dissatisfaction” over the matter.

The Honduras Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that the Government of the Republic of Honduras acknowledges the presence of a single China worldwide, with the Government of the People’s Republic of China serving as the sole legitimate authority representing all of China. Honduras considers Taiwan an integral part of Chinese territory, and as of today, the Government of Honduras has formally ended diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Furthermore, Honduras has pledged to no longer maintain any official relations or communication with Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Taiwan has confirmed that it has ended its long-standing diplomatic relations with Honduras. This comes after the Central American nation expressed its desire to establish relations with Beijing, recognising it as the “only legitimate government” of China. Taiwan’s foreign minister, Joseph Wu, announced the termination of ties at a press conference in Taipei, stating that the country will shut down its embassy in Honduras and recall its ambassador from there.

Official statement issued by Honduras Ministry of Foreign Affairs.