BEIJING – China announced on Tuesday the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Dominican Republic, which subsequently severed formal ties with Taiwan, much like its neighboring Caribbean countries such as Costa Rica and Panama did in recent years.
At a press conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Dominican counterpart Miguel Vargas announced that the Dominican Republic has decided to end more than 75 years of diplomatic ties with Taiwan and established them with China.
“The People’s Republic of China and the Dominican Republic, in keeping with the interests and desire of the two peoples, have decided to recognize each other and establish diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level,” the two foreign ministers said in a joint statement.
With this agreement, the Dominican Republic recognizes the “One China” policy, which establishes that Beijing is the only government that holds legitimacy and represents all China and that Taiwan is “an inalienable part” of China.
Both countries agreed to mutually send ambassadors to their respective territories, as well as to provide each other with “all the necessary assistance” for the establishment and performance of the embassies.
Meanwhile, Taiwan also announced officially on Tuesday the end of its diplomatic ties with the Dominican Republic following the Caribbean country’s declaration in Beijing.
Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said on Tuesday at a press conference that this severance serves “to uphold the national interests and dignity of the country” and that his country will “cease all cooperation projects between the two countries.”
According to Wu, the termination of the formal relations with the Caribbean nation is caused by China and it promises of financial aid and investment.