Tegucigalpa, 16 March 2023 (TDI): In a recent development, Honduras announced its decision to establish diplomatic ties with China, breaking away from its longstanding partnership with Taiwan.
This move is a significant diplomatic shift for Honduras and the broader region. It is a winning moment for China, as it spends billions supporting countries to win recognition for its One-China policy.
The President of Honduras, Iris Xiomara Castro Sarmiento, on her Twitter account, said, “I intend to expand frontiers freely in concert with the nations of the world.”
Also, she instructed Eduardo Reina, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Honduras, to start dialogue and negotiation with China right away.
Moreover, on Wednesday, China’s Spokesperson, Wang Yi, reiterated the fact that “181 countries in the world have established diplomatic relations with China based on the one-China principle.
This fully proves that establishing diplomatic relations with China is a correct choice in line with the general trend of historical development and the trend of the times.”
It is pertinent to note that China is on a massive project building a dam in Honduras. China’s other multi-billion initiative “Belt and Road” offers many benefits to developing countries; nations’ ports, railways, power plants, and other infrastructure advantages.
In addition, it is noteworthy that Honduras is now the fifth Latin American country to establish formal ties with China, following in the footsteps of Venezuela, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador.
This shift is part of China’s broader strategy to increase its influence in the region and reduce Taiwan’s international presence.
As the global power balance continues to shift, the implications of Honduras’ decision to align with China will undoubtedly have far-reaching consequences for the region and the broader international community.