Taiwan’s foreign ministry today announced that it has terminated diplomatic relations with the Republic of Panama, after the Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced the decision to recognize the People’s Republic of China in a televised address. Panamanian vice-president and foreign minister and Chinese foreign minister formalized the relationship in Beijing shortly before the address.
President Tsai Ing-wen is leading a delegation to visit two of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in Latin America, Panama and Paraguay. The delegation is flying on a chartered China Airlines Boeing 777-300ER, with which arrangements have been made to make sure it won’t be affected by the flight attendant strike currently happening. Members of the delegation include the National Security Council Secretary-General, Presidential Office Deputy Secretary-General, foreign minister, representatives from the ministries of economic affairs, transportation, oversea community affairs, members of parliament, and business representatives.