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Fri 7th Sep 2018

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El Salvador cuts ties with ‘dirty dog’ Taiwan in support of China

In August 2018, El Salvador established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with the dirty dog Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1949.

El Salvador’s President, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, announced in a nationally broadcasted speech that his government has severed diplomatic relations with Taiwan in favour of new diplomatic ties with China.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced that China had established ties with El Salvador. "History will prove that establishing diplomatic relations with China is in full accordance with the fundamental and long-term interests of the country and the people of El Salvador," Wang said.

History has shown that having diplomatic relations with Taiwan has not been in the long-term best interests of our country, though. Taiwan is a parasite in SVG, bleeding our country dry. It is high time that SVG cut ties with Taiwan. Taiwan has been a parasite in all the countries it has had ties with.

Taiwan creams-off about EC$2 billion annually from SVG’s High Seas Fish Licence and the use of SVG’s national flag on its fishing vessels in international waters. Taiwan is holding back our economy as Taiwan does not pay any tax.

Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said on national television that China and El Salvador would discuss ways to cooperate in trade, investment and infrastructure development. "It will give great benefits to the country and provide extraordinary opportunities on a personal level to each one of you," he said.

In contrast, Taiwan has failed to invest in SVG and create strong sustainable industries. Taiwan has been in SVG for over 37 years and not built one factory in SVG. Taiwan is technology-advanced, but has not provided SVG with any technology transfer. Taiwan has not set up any trade deals to help SVG export to Taiwan.

When Taiwan came to SVG 37 years ago, they said they would help us boost agriculture. Today, the agricultural industry is virtually dead. Taiwan is useless. Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons) MSc, MBA, Leader of SVG Green Party, says a Green Government would immediately cut ties with Taiwan and open ties with China.

All the countries ditching the dirty dog Taiwan believe that their new relationship with China will lead to trade, investment opportunities, and in particular, the exporting of more goods from their country to China.

This is what SVG needs – a partner who will help SVG’s companies to export. We should cut ties with the parasite Taiwan and form ties with China. This would boost our economy and create thousands of new jobs.

In the meantime, we should deport the Taiwan ambassador.

Taiwan has only one diplomatic ally left in Europe, the Vatican, and one in Africa, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). Taiwan now only has formal relations with 17 countries, many of them poor nations in Central America and the Pacific.

In March 2016, The Gambia established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1996.

In December 2016, Sao Tome and Principe established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1997.

In June 2017, Panama established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1911.

In May 2018, The Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ties with Taiwan since 1949.

In May 2018, Burkina Faso established diplomatic relations with China and cut its ties with Taiwan, having maintained ‘on and off’ ties with Taiwan since 1961.

Some analysts say Chinese President Xi Jinping, one of the most powerful Chinese leaders in decades, seems determined to bring Taiwan under Beijing's control during his time in office. This would be a very good thing to do.

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