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.


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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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”

Taiwan Travel Act signed into law

After passing the US Senate by unanimous consent on February 28, the Taiwan Travel Act was signed into law today by President Donald Trump as Public Law 115-135. The act first passed the House of Representatives on January 9. While the act encourages official visits between Taiwan and the United States, its implementation is completely up to the two governments.

The act has consistently drew ire from China, ranging from threats to members of Congress to strong dissatisfaction. China threatened Taiwan with war after the act passed.


US Senate committee passes Taiwan Travel Act

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed H. R. 535 Taiwan Travel Act without amendment today. The bill, which encourages official visits between Taiwan and the United States, passed the US House of Representatives on January 9.


(a) Sense Of Congress.—It is the sense of Congress that the United States Government should encourage visits between officials from the United States and Taiwan at all levels.

(b) Statement Of Policy.—It should be the policy of the United States to—

(1) allow officials at all levels of the United States Government, including Cabinet-level national security officials, general officers, and other executive branch officials, to travel to Taiwan to meet their Taiwanese counterparts;

(2) allow high-level officials of Taiwan to enter the United States, under conditions which demonstrate appropriate respect for the dignity of such officials, and to meet with officials of the United States, including officials from the Department of State and the Department of Defense and other Cabinet agencies; and

(3) encourage the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, and any other instrumentality established by Taiwan, to conduct business in the United States, including activities which involve participation by Members of Congress, officials of Federal, State, or local governments of the United States, or any high-level official of Taiwan.

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