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Honduras Establishes Close Ties with China

by Oui Wed Mar 15th, 2023 at 10:51:45 AM EST

Burning candles late at night in the Oval Office ... blatant violation of the spirit of the Monroe doctrine.

Taiwan secessionists, US meddlers to suffer 'heavy blow' amid 'massive' turnout in Honduras election

Honduras to establish diplomatic ties with China | AFP |

Honduras will establish diplomatic relations with mainland China, President Xiomara Castro de Zelaya said Tuesday, a move that would result in the severing of longstanding official ties with Taiwan.

Castro wrote on Twitter that she had instructed Foreign Minister Eduardo Reina "to undertake the opening of official relations with the People's Republic of China."

The move comes weeks after her government announced it was negotiating with China to build a hydroelectric dam called Patuca II.

Under Beijing's "One China" principle, no country may maintain official diplomatic relations with both China and Taiwan.

Honduras is one of only 14 countries that officially recognize Taiwan, a self-ruled island that China considers part of its territory to be retaken one day, by force if necessary. 

The Honduran government did not immediately confirm whether it had officially severed ties with Taipei.

On Wednesday, Taiwan's foreign ministry expressed "serious concern" at the announcement.

"We ask Honduras to carefully consider and do not fall into China's trap and make the wrong decision to damage the long-term friendship between Taiwan and Honduras," the foreign ministry said in a statement. 


Latin America has been a key diplomatic battleground for China and Taiwan since the two split in 1949 after a civil war. Honduras is among three Central American states -- alongside Belize and Guatemala -- that still recognize Taiwan. 

It is one of its few remaining allies in Latin America after China poached Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica in recent years.

Other Taiwan diplomatic allies include Paraguay, Haiti and seven small island nations in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Key words: Hillary Clinton | Lanny Davis | US denouncing outcome of a Democratic election | Murder of Berta Cáceres |

US Policy Failure on Honduras, Zelaya Returns!

Zelaya was ousted from the presidency when he was kidnapped at gunpoint by the military on 28 June 2009. Although no hard evidence has yet emerged that the US government was directly involved in his overthrow, the Obama administration did everything it could to help the coup government to survive and then legitimate itself through elections that most of the rest of the hemisphere, and the world, rejected as neither free nor fair.

Zelaya's return represents a partial reversal of that coup d'etat and Washington's efforts to consolidate it, just as President Aristide's return to Haiti after seven years in exile, on 18 March - despite furious efforts by the Obama administration, and even President Obama himself, to prevent it - is a partial reversal of the 2004 US-organised coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti.

America's Promise for Future Operations

Oh wait! The Monroe Doctrine and the America's has been elongated to West Africa, roots of a large minority of US citizens ... Kenya by exception, no US citizens can have roots there.

Magic words democracy - borders - sovereignty- UN Charter - like a chameleon changing color, definitions change by White House occupancy.


'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 18th, 2023 at 10:25:52 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 18th, 2023 at 10:58:38 PM EST
sputnik | Taiwanese Leader to Travel to Belize, Guatemala in Transit Via US, 21 Mar
The tour to the Central American states, which are friendly towards the island, will last 10 days and nine nights. The delegation will depart from Taiwan on March 29, and arrive in Guatemala on April 1 with a transit stop in New York. On April 3, the delegation will arrive in Belize and then make a transit stop in Los Angeles on its way home on April 5. On April 7, the delegation is scheduled to return to Taiwan.

During the tour, the Taiwanese leader will meet with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and Belize Prime Minister John Briceno. At the same time, Tsai's office has not provided information on whether the Taiwanese president will meet with any US officials during the trip.

Both Belize and Guatemala are among 14 states that diplomatically recognize Taiwan. Those also include Haiti, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Eswatini, Tuvalu, and the Vatican. There used to be more, but in the recent years, many states decided to break off their relations with the island and establish diplomatic ties with mainland China instead.

CNN | Taiwan's President to transit US on Central America trip, but no word on meeting with Speaker McCarthy
"...McCarthy told reporters earlier this month that he'll meet with Tsai when she is in the US but didn't specify a date. He also did not rule out the possibility of taking a trip to Taiwan himself in addition to their meeting...."

aljazeera | China welcomes former Taiwan president's plan to visit, 27 Mar - 7 Apr

Ma Ying-jeou will become the first former or current leader of Taiwan to visit China since 1949.
Ma Ying-jeou Foundation director Hsiao Hsu-tsen told reporters that Ma's trip was mostly about student exchanges, and for the former president to pay respects to the graves of his ancestors in China.

"The trip is to central China, we have not arranged to go to Beijing," Hsiao said. He would not rule out meetings with senior officials when asked if Ma might meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, although he added that they did not anticipate it.

Global Times | Mainland welcomes former Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou's scheduled visit, 20 Mar
"KMT Chairman Eric Chu Li-luan gave his blessings to Ma's trip and said he hoped that the visit would promote peace across the Straits."
by Cat on Tue Mar 21st, 2023 at 03:01:07 PM EST
Politico | Honduras establishes ties with embassy in China after Taiwan break, 26 Mar
Foreign ministers from China and Honduras signed a joint communique in Beijing -- a decision the Chinese Foreign Ministry hailed as "the right choice."...The new China-Honduras relationship was announced after the Honduran and Taiwanese governments made separate announcements that they were severing ["]ties["].
The Honduran Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Twitter that its government recognizes "only one China in the world" and that Beijing "is the only legitimate government that represents all of China."

It added that "Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, and as of today, the Honduran government has informed Taiwan of the severance of diplomatic relations, pledging not to have any official relationship or contact with Taiwan."

Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations Between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Honduras, 26 Mar
The two Governments agree to develop friendly relations between the two countries on the basis of the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality, mutual benefit and peaceful coexistence.

The Government of the Republic of Honduras recognizes that there is but one China in the world, the Government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal Government representing the whole of China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. The Government of the Republic of Honduras shall sever "diplomatic relations" with Taiwan as of this day and undertakes that it shall no longer develop any official relations or official exchanges with Taiwan. The Government of the People's Republic of China appreciates this position of the Government of the Republic of Honduras.

The Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Honduras agree to exchange Ambassadors as early as possible and to provide each other with all the necessary assistance for the establishment of Embassies and their performance of functions in each other's capitals on a reciprocal basis in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and international customary practices.

The undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective Governments, signed this communiqué on 26 March 2023 in Beijing. Done in duplicate in the Chinese and Spanish languages, both texts being equally authentic.

Fun Facts: Google does not recognize "honduras government website" or "www.gob.hn". wikiwtf's "external link" returns an archive.org "www.gob.hn" page, dated Aug 2007.
by Cat on Sun Mar 26th, 2023 at 02:04:53 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 26th, 2023 at 05:35:50 PM EST
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