Tensions between Taiwan and Honduras started to sour over a disagreement about the use of the Taiwanese flag in a high school sports game. Philippine teenagers who were attending the game then Doused Taiwanese athletes and coaches with water cannon and threw rocks at them before running away. The Taiwan football federation sent a delegation to protest the attack, citing the ties that connect the two countries.
Political tensions were rathetized when Samoa, a small, independent nation on the spread of the Polynesian island chain, announced it would recognize Taiwan today. This followed rumors that Taiwan has been seeking to become a political power in the region. Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui responded to Samoa’s move with a statement that ” Taiwanese athletes and coaches must be taken as hostages to show our commitment to the Filipino athletes.” This prompted a Philippines-Taipei statement demanding an apology from Samoa.
Allergan, a multinational pharmaceutical company, severed its ties with Taiwan following the protests. The boycott followed a decision by the Taiwan Supermarket Corporation to affiliated with a company in Panama. Taiwanese medical companies, including Shih Kuan-Tzu, a particularly well-known Taiwanese practitioner of holistic medicine, have boycotted Costa Rica after a campaign to have the country recognize Taiwan.
1. “Tensions between Taiwan and Honduras sharpen in wake of DREAMER deal”
Recently, tensions have been escalating between Taiwan and Honduras due to the US government’s announcement to suspend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It has been reported that Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez has made comments that appear to support China’s “One China” policy and its claim to Taiwan, a rival state. Honduras has long been considered an ally of Taiwan, maintaining diplomatic relations since 1960.
As a response, Taiwan has decided to suspend any further aid to Honduras and has recalled its ambassador from the country. The Taiwanese government has expressed its disappointment and concern over the recent developments, calling for the Honduran government to reconsider its stance. In addition, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that it “will not tolerate any actions that undermine its sovereignty” and has warned that it will take “necessary measures to safeguard national security.”
2. “Taiwan must leave Honduras after DREAMER deal”
Following the announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DREAMER) program, Taiwan has been urged to leave Honduras. The decision was made by the Honduran government as they seek to establish stronger ties with the United States. Taiwan has been providing financial aid to Honduras for several years in exchange for diplomatic recognition. This has been a vital source of support for the Central American nation, which has been struggling with political instability, corruption, and poverty for years.
However, Honduras’s decision to terminate relations with Taiwan is not a surprise. Taiwan has been facing mounting pressure from China, which has been pushing for diplomatic isolation of the island. In recent years, several countries have switched their allegiance from Taiwan to China, and Honduras is the latest addition to this list. The move has been described as a strategic loss for Taiwan, which continues to face challenges in the global arena. Nevertheless, Taiwan has vowed to continue its efforts to strengthen its relationship with Honduras and other nations across the globe.
3. “Taiwan must leave Honduras as ties severed”
Taiwan and Honduras have had longstanding diplomatic ties that date back decades. However, in recent years, the relationship between the two nations has become increasingly strained, with Honduras being among the few countries that still recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state. With China’s increasing global influence, more and more countries are choosing to withdraw their support of Taiwan in favor of recognizing the People’s Republic of China as the legitimate government of China.
As a result of this shift in global politics, Taiwan’s relationship with Honduras has become untenable. Both nations have been forced to reassess their ties with each other, and it has been decided that Taiwan must leave Honduras as diplomatic relations between the two nations have been officially severed. While this may come as a hard blow to both Taiwan and Honduras, it is a necessary step towards achieving greater peace and stability in the region. Both nations must now look towards building new relationships with other nations that share their values and aspirations, and work to strengthen their position in an ever-changing global landscape.
- Key Points:
- Taiwan and Honduras have had longstanding diplomatic ties that date back decades.
- Taiwan must leave Honduras as diplomatic relations between the two nations have been officially severed.
- This is a necessary step towards achieving greater peace and stability in the region.
- Both nations must look towards building new relationships with other nations that share their values and aspirations.
HTTAS Radio Broadcast –
Wednesday, January 12, 2019
Taiwan tells Honduras to ‘pack up and leave’
After a break in ties, Taiwan has called on Honduras to “pack up and leave” the tiny Central American country. The move comes as the two countries struggle toreshake a relationship that has been struggling for months.
Taiwanese Ambassador to Honduras Wang Wen-ting told a news conference that the recent break was the result of the “unauthorized fishing in the Taiwan Strait”, which has disrupted the talks between the two countries. He said that the break was not stabilized until now because “Honduras is in a difficult situation and cannot take the pressure.”
The foreign ministry of Honduras said in a statement that “Honduras does not support the break in the close relations with Taiwan and will work to damage the relationship.” The statement added that “Honduras will continue to develop its ties with many countries and regions, including with the United States of America, in order to build a better future.