Panama severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan

The China Post
Date: June 13, 2017
By: The China Post with CNA

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Panama has severed diplomatic ties with the Republic of China, the latest setback


for Taiwan on the international stage as Beijing continues its efforts to cow and constrain Taipei.

In an announcement Tuesday, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced his government was establishing diplomatic relations with rival mainland China, calling it a “true country.”

Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) announced later that Taiwan is cutting diplomatic ties with Panama.

“To safeguard our nation’s sovereignty and dignity, we’ve decided to terminate diplomatic ties with Panama immediately,” Lee said at a press conference at which he also expressed Taiwan’s “deep anger and regret” toward Panama’s decision.

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