Taiwan Loses Burkina Faso's Diplomatic Recognition as China Cheers

Taiwan Loses Burkina Faso's Diplomatic Recognition as China Cheers

Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement that Beijing appreciated Burkina Faso's decision.

The loss of Burkina Faso comes at the end of a week that began with a demonstration of American commitment to its friendly but unofficial relations with Taiwan.

Although it was not immediately clear if Burkina Faso and China would establish diplomatic relations, Beijing has welcomed the move by the west African state.

There was no immediate comment from China's foreign ministry.

Thai also accused China of using "dollar diplomacy" to lure away Taiwan's diplomatic allies.

This leaves eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) as the only African country with formal relations with Taiwan, along with 18 other allies around the world-mostly smaller and poorer nations in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has stepped up military action and pressure on its global space since Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party became the self-ruled island's president two years ago.

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President Tsai warned China Thursday that Taiwan would not tolerate what she called its "crude behaviour to undermine our sovereignty".

This is the second time Burkina Faso has cut ties with Taiwan.

Wu expressed regret at Burkina's decision and added that Taiwan can not compete with China's financial resources. China claims the island as its sacred territory and has vowed not to allow any attempts at what it views as Taiwan separatism.

"Taiwan needs to form a broader coalition of willing friends to supplement the support it gets from the USA", said Jonathan Sullivan, director of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University, although he added the U.S. remains the island's top foreign relations priority because of its influence. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in January that he hoped "all African countries can appear in the family portrait of China-Africa cooperation, without anyone missing".

The ruling Communist Party's military wing, the People's Liberation Army, has sent fighter planes near Taiwan's coast a dozen times since Tsai's election and an aircraft carrier sailing through the 110-mile-wide (170-kilometer-wide) strait that separates them.

Burkina is the fourth country to cut ties with Taiwan since Tsai came to office, following the Dominican Republic, Sao Tome and Principe and Panama. We also promise that these kinds of substantive relations will only continue to progress, and will never regress.

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