TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan on Thursday (Dec 30) vowed to take authorized motion in opposition to former ally Nicaragua for “seizing” its embassy and planning to switch it to China after the Central American nation switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
According to Taiwan’s overseas ministry, the Nicaraguan authorities “seized” its former embassy property that was already offered to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Managua after the 2 severed diplomatic ties earlier this month.
China – which regards Taiwan as a renegade province awaiting reunification with the mainland, by drive if vital – has stepped up strain to isolate the island internationally and Nicaragua’s change left Taipei with solely 14 diplomatic allies globally.
It was the eighth nation to ditch Taipei for Beijing since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took workplace in 2016 as tensions between the 2 sides proceed to develop.
Taipei condemned the federal government of President Daniel Ortega for its plan to switch the property to Beijing, which has known as the transfer “an act of justice”.
“Taiwan will pursue appropriate international legal proceedings to protect its diplomatic property and ensure that Nicaragua is held accountable for its internationally wrongful act,” the overseas ministry stated in a press release.
It added that the seizure “is part of China’s explicit and aggressive intent to annex Taiwan, which seriously contravenes international norms and damages regional peace and stability.”
China has ramped up sea and air navy operations close to the island in latest months.
Taiwan’s defence ministry has warned that navy tensions with China have been at their highest in 4 many years, after round 150 Chinese warplanes – a document quantity – breached the island’s air defence zone in October.
This yr, Taiwan recorded incursions by greater than 940 Chinese navy plane, in contrast with some 380 incursions final yr.
The Chinese defence ministry was quoted by state media People’s Daily as saying on Thursday that “the People’s Liberation Army dispatched more warplanes to routine drills near Taiwan island” with out offering a determine.