ESwatini will not switch loyalty to China from Taiwan, says Swazi minister

ESwatini will not switch loyalty to China from Taiwan, says Swazi minister

The move isolates the democratic island at a time when China has tried to weaken it on the world stage.

El Salvador's president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, announced in a nationally televised speech that his government had broken off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and instead established ties with China.

U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes wrote in a tweet late Monday the decision was "worrisome for many reasons".

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-we vowed that the island would not cave to pressure during a press conference Tuesday in response to the diplomatic switch, saying Taiwan was more determined to preserve its self-rule. Yi said the people of El Salvador will enjoy tangible benefits from the new bilateral relationship.

Salvadoran Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda, after signing a document with Wang establishing relations, said his country had made a "strategic decision" and taken the "correct and beneficial path for the people of both nations".

Ties with China stand to help boost El Salvador's economic and technological capacities, as well as educational level, he said.

She said Chinese companies such as state-owned Citic Group had been meeting with Salvadoran officials for several years about business opportunities not just at the port, but at the country's worldwide airport and its railways.

"Up until or otherwise told we remain with Taiwan", he said.

"We must bet on this type of relationship", he added.

Ing-Wen said Taiwan would not bow to pressure from China.

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The timing of the El Salvador switch is surely no coincidence, and can be viewed as a poke in the eye for the US over its feting of Tsai, opening as it does a channel for Chinese influence in what Washington will view as its own backyard. "Today I will begin work to end that", Rubio said via Twitter.

Chinese assistant foreign minister Chen Xiaodong (陳曉東) said earlier Wednesday that China looks forward to and hopes that all African nations would "become a member of the largest family get-together".

It remains to be seen whether dishing out such extravagant sums on El Salvador adds to whispers of mounting pressure on Xi over the financing of the BRI, after at least one prominent intellectual argued that China would be better served addressing the issue of poverty at home before it engages in overseas adventurism.

"Adhering to the one-China principle is a universally recognized worldwide norm and the consensus of the global community, as well as the fundamental foundation for China to establish and develop relations with any country".

The United States formally recognizes only China, but it maintains a de facto embassy known as the American Institute in Taiwan.

The United States also plays an important role in preserving Taiwan's sovereignty and sells it advanced weapons.

Taiwan and China have been engaged for years in a diplomatic tug-of-war in developing countries. Taiwan now has official diplomatic ties with just 17 small, developing nations.

Facing the Pacific Ocean, El Salvador has an area half the size of Taiwan and is the smallest country in Central America.

China views Taiwan as its inalienable part which has to be reunified with the mainland, even by force.

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