Burkina Faso breaks diplomatic relations with ROC

Taiwan’s foreign ministry announced that it has terminated diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso, after the West African country’s foreign minister announced the decision. This follows a similar move by the Dominican Republic early this month. China has yet to announce its establishment of diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso, although the two countries are expected to do so.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen condemned China for pressuring countries to distance themselves from Taiwan and vowed to “continue developing economic and security partnerships with other like-minded countries.”

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu has offered his resignation to President Tsai.

Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, first established diplomatic relations with the ROC in 1961. It broke relations with ROC and established relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1973, and re-established relations with ROC in 1994. eSwatini (Swaziland) is Taiwan’s remaining diplomatic ally in Africa, in addition to 17 other allies.

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US slams Chinese threat to airlines over Taiwan reference

The White House today condemns China for the “Orwellian nonsense” and efforts to “impose [Chinese Community Party’s] political views on American citizens and private companies.” Specifically, these efforts refer to China’s order to foreign airlines and companies to remove reference of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao as separate countries and territories. Several companies already complied with the order earlier this year, including Delta Air Lines, which removed Taiwan’s flag from its website.

 

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Dominican Republic breaks diplomatic relations with ROC

Taiwan’s foreign ministry today announced that it has terminated diplomatic relations with the Dominican Republic, after the decision was announced by Flavio Darío Espinal, an adviser to the Dominican government. Chinese and Dominican foreign ministers signed a joint communiqué on Tuesday morning in Beijing. The Dominican Republic first established diplomatic relationships with ROC in 1944.

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Education ministry rejects NTU President pick

In a stunning violation of university autonomy yesterday, Taiwan’s Ministry of Education refused to appoint Kuan Chung-ming as the new National Taiwan University (NTU) President, citing flaws in the selection process, after the university’s search committee made its decision from eight candidates in January this year. NTU protested the decision.

The controversy stemmed from Kuan serving as an independent board member for mobile phone operator Taiwan Mobile during the selection process, while one of the search committee members is deputy chair of Taiwan Mobile’s board of directors, creating a potential conflict of interest. Legislators from the governing DPP further accused Kuan of scholastic dishonesty (NTU response) and illegal teaching in China. Continue reading “Education ministry rejects NTU President pick”

Taiwan President visits Swaziland

President Tsai Ing-wen is leading a delegation to visit the Kingdom of Swaziland in celebration of King Mswati III’s 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relationship between the two countries. The delegation departs Taipei today and flies directly to the southern African kingdom. President Tsai is expected to return on April 21. China Airlines is selected to handle the delegation this time.

President Tsai will meet with King Mswati III before attending a state dinner today. She is expected to attend the king’s birthday celebration and a celebration of the relationship between Taiwan and Swaziland. Taiwanese citizens living in southern Africa have been invited to meet with the delegation, while President Tsai will visit the Hlane Royal National Park on the last day in Swaziland. The ROC first established diplomatic relations with Swaziland in 1968, on the day of the latter’s independence. Burkina Faso is Taiwan’s only other African ally.

Here and There II

Following our previous post on China’s efforts to reduce Taiwan’s international participation in both official and unofficial capacity, a new wave of reports emerges to show us just how much length China would go to get the international community to isolate and humiliate Taiwan. This list is by no means exhaustive. More detailed lists can be found on Taiwan’s foreign ministry website.

Taiwanese citizens and officials have been refused entry into several international organization meetings. These include the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly in 2016, Food and Agriculture Organizations Committee on Fisheries meeting in 2016, launch of NGO Committee for Rare Diseases in 2016, Committee on the Status of Women meeting in 2017, International Labor Organization and International Labor Conference in 2017, World Health Organization Assembly in 2017, and UNFCCC COP23, among others. Continue reading “Here and There II”