The Globe And Mail
Date: Sep 18, 2018
By: Frank Ching, Special to The Globe And Mail
China has recently been insisting more loudly that Taiwan is a part of China and
heightening Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation by luring away allies such as Panama, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. Further, it has been pushing for universal acknowledgment of what it says is a fact, and pressuring companies – including United Airlines, hotel chain Marriott and fashion retailer Zara – to declare on their websites that Taiwan is a part of China.
As Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor, told Carlos Castaneda, the El Salvadoran foreign minister, “the one-China principle is a universally recognized norm for international relations, a general consensus of the international community….”
The sense of inevitability was echoed by the Salvadoran president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who said in his televised announcement on breaking relations with Taiwan to establish ties with Beijing: “El Salvador can’t turn its back on international reality.”
El Salvador’s defection seems to have finally galvanized the United States into action.