China says Honduran leader to visit ‘as soon as possible’

Honduran President Xiomara Castro will visit China “as soon as possible” to draw up a blueprint for bilateral relations after Honduras cut off diplomatic ties with Taiwan. China welcomes the visit and is willing to enhance political mutual trust and cooperation.

Honduras orders Taiwan to vacate embassy within 30 days as it establishes ties with China

Honduras has ordered Taiwan to vacate its embassy within 30 days following President Xiomara Castro’s decision to sever ties with Taiwan and establish formal diplomatic relations with China. This move aims to attract more investment and jobs from the Asian giant. Taiwanese students with scholarships in Honduras will be able to transfer their studies to China, while Taiwan has terminated diplomatic relations with Honduras. China considers Taiwan as a part of its territory to be retaken one day, while Taiwan maintains a similar policy of cutting ties with countries that switch recognition to Beijing.

Taiwan recalls ambassador to Honduras over FM’s China visit

Taiwan has recalled its ambassador to Honduras over the visit of Tegucigalpa’s foreign minister to China, with Taiwan’s government citing the “serious damage” it has caused to their friendship. Honduras’ president had ordered the foreign minister to establish diplomatic ties with China, which would sever its ties with Taiwan, leaving Taiwan with just 13 countries with formal diplomatic ties. China sees Taiwan as a part of its territory and has stated that it will be retaken one day, by force if necessary.

Blinken defends Taiwan after Honduras snaps ties

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that Taiwan has a “lot to offer” the world, following Honduras’ decision to cut ties with Taiwan and recognise Beijing. Blinken reiterated the US’s One-China policy but said that Taiwan had a role to play in international institutions. Honduras said it changed sides after Taiwan refused to increase financial aid to the country.

Honduras to start diplomatic ties with China, in blow to Taiwan

Honduras will establish diplomatic ties with China, severing longstanding official ties with Taiwan, according to President Xiomara Castro. Honduras is one of only 14 countries that officially recognize Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers part of its territory. The switch comes weeks after the Honduran government announced it was negotiating with China to build a hydroelectric dam.