Before Sunday’s election, the United States urged Honduras to maintain relations with Taiwan, angering Beijing.
Before the presidential election Honduras This weekend, after Washington reiterated its hope that this small Central American country will maintain long-term diplomatic relations with Taiwan, China accused the United States of “bullying.”
On Thursday, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the United States of “twisting arms and bullying” that “will not resonate with anyone.”
Honduras It is one of 15 countries that maintain diplomatic relations with autonomous Taiwan. China regards Taiwan as its own territory and has no right to inter-state relations. The Taipei government strongly opposes this view.
The left-wing candidate of Honduras’s main opposition party, Xiomara Castro, led the latest polls in Sunday’s presidential election, having previously stated that if she wins, she will establish diplomatic relations with Beijing on the Taiwan issue. But one of her close aides said on Tuesday that a final decision had not yet been made.
In addition to pressure on the Honduran presidential candidate on the Taiwan issue, a US official told Reuters that Washington has warned Central American countries of “some risks related to China’s actions in the region.”
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked the United States for supporting Taiwan’s relations with its allies and reiterated that the government will respect the Honduras election results.
Taiwan warned Honduras not to be attracted by China’s “showy and false” promises.
The relationship between Honduras and Taiwan can be traced back to 1941, when the government of the Republic of China fled to Taiwan after its defeat in the civil war.
When asked about the United States urging Honduran candidates to maintain relations with Taiwan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that the United States will not win any friends in this way.
He accused Washington of “hegemonic behavior” in Central America and pointed out that the United States had participated in coups and other conspiracies over the years.
“Two hundred years have passed, and the United States is still dreaming of old dreams and regards Latin American countries as its sphere of influence,” said Li Jian. “This kind of bullying is hated by Latin Americans and will definitely fail.”
The United States has maintained a great influence on what happened in Honduras. According to statistics, remittances are mainly sent by people living in the United States, accounting for more than 20% of Honduras’ gross domestic product (GDP). Brookings Institution Data, An American research team.
This economic reality, coupled with the large amount of US aid to the country, means that Washington has considerable influence on local politicians.
Analysts say the recent diplomatic quarrel between Washington and Beijing in Honduras is part of an intensifying global showdown between the two superpowers.