Nicaragua grants nationality to ex-Taiwan envoy after breaking ties

12/12/2021 02:08 PM
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Jaime Wu (center) welcomes Taiwanese cyclist Jacky Chen (left) to Peru when Wu was serving as Taiwan
Jaime Wu (center) welcomes Taiwanese cyclist Jacky Chen (left) to Peru when Wu was serving as Taiwan's representative to Peru. CNA file photo courtesy of Wu

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) The Nicaraguan government announced on Friday that it has granted nationality to a former Taiwan ambassador to Nicaragua, one day after it announced the termination of diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Jaime Wu (吳進木) and his wife Liu Chun-chiao (劉春嬌) have been granted Nicaraguan nationality to honor Wu's 14 years of service in Nicaragua and contributions to enhancing social, economic, technological, educational and cultural development in the country, several Nicaragua news agencies quoted information released Friday by the Nicaraguan Ministry of the Interior as saying.

The recently retired senior diplomat served two terms as Taiwan's ambassador to Nicaragua -- from 2007 to 2011, and subsequently from 2017 to 2021 -- before his retirement in November.

During his second term, Taiwan became one of the main commercial partners of Nicaragua, reports said.

Before his retirement, Wu received the José de Marcoleta Order in the Degree of Grand Cross, the highest distinction Nicaragua grants to a foreign diplomat, from the country's foreign minister.

The reports, however, did not say if Wu and his wife have accepted the offer of Nicaraguan nationality.

The nationality offer came a day after Nicaragua announced it has switched diplomatic ties from Taipei to Beijing, with the switch made a month after President Daniel Ortega won a fourth consecutive term, in an election that was seen by many countries around the world as controversial.

The termination of diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Nicaragua leaves the former with 14 diplomatic allies worldwide.

Asked to comment, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Wu has officially retired from the diplomatic service and it has no comment on his personal life or family matters.

However, MOFA said Wu, as a high level diplomat who had access to confidential information, is bound by the Classified National Security Information Protection Act, which prevents former Taiwanese public servants from disclosing confidential information to any third party.

According to MOFA, Wu's retirement was granted by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sept. 28 before he officially left his post on Nov. 17.

Wu was replaced as ambassadorship to Nicaragua by Iván Lee (李岳融).

(By Joseph Yeh)

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