China's move to lure Taiwan's allies changes status quo: U.S.

08/21/2018 05:44 PM
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Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) China's move to lure Taiwan's diplomatic allies changes the status quo and is harmful to regional stability, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Tuesday.

"China's efforts to unilaterally alter the status quo are harmful and do not contribute to regional stability," AIT spokesperson Amanda Mansour told local media when asked to comment on the U.S. stance after El Salvador cut ties with Taiwan in favor of China.

The spokesperson for the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan said Beijing's efforts in taking away its allies "undermine the framework that has enabled peace, stability and development for decades."

"The United States urges China to abstain from coercion that would jeopardize the security, or the social or economic system, of the people of Taiwan," she added.

Praising Taiwan as a "democratic success story, a reliable partner, and force for good in the world," Mansour stressed that Washington will continue to support Taipei as it seeks to expand its "already significant contributions to addressing global challenges."

Taiwan moved pre-emptively Tuesday to declare an end to diplomatic relations with the Central American country after sensing that El Salvador was about to announce the severing of ties with Taiwan.

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said the breaking point was Taiwan's refusal to provide an "astronomical" amount of financial support to help El Salvador develop one of its ports.

In a nationally televised speech, El Salvador President Salvador Sanchez Ceren later announced that his country was ending ties with Taiwan and would establish full diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.

(By Joseph Yeh)


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