Panama abandons Taiwan and moves towards China


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June 18th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– L’Antidiplomatico – – translated by Frederick Assar –

The “canal” state abandons the historic alliance with Taiwan and strengthens its diplomatic relations with Beijing. For China, this is a very remarkable success in a strategic area of international trade. The new Silk Road seems to have no boundaries on the oceans.

In Panama, over thirty leading companies from China’s international projection have been operating for some time, including the Bank of China, the Cosco, Huawei, ZTE, China Harbor Engineering and China Railway Construction Corp.

For Taiwan, however, this represents a heavy blow – the list of countries they hold diplomatic relations with has now dropped to 20 –, with possible consequences in relations with Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala – 11 of those 20 countries are in Central America and the Caribbean.

Shortly before this rupture occurred, in view of the 20th anniversary of the return to the motherland, yet another “pro- democracy in Hong Kong” group was formed in Taiwan. The Taiwan Congressional Hong Kong Caucus – comprising 18 MPs including Huang Kuo-chang, one of the Sunflower Movement’s leaders – criticizes Beijing for preventing the realization of a genuine democracy and aims to provide assistance to the activists of the former British colony, actually acting as a supporter of independent forces.

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