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New Honduran president drops push to ditch Taiwan for China

Castro signals change in plans with eye on all-important ties with U.S.

During last year's presidential election, Xiomara Castro said she planned to establish diplomatic and commercial ties with mainland China.   © Reuters

MEXICO CITY -- New Honduran President Xiomara Castro took office this week in a ceremony attended by Taiwanese Vice President Lai Ching-te, signaling that the Central American country will maintain its decades-old diplomatic relations with Taipei.

Castro also met with Lai separately on Wednesday, the day before the inauguration, telling Taiwanese media afterward that she was "grateful" for the island's support for Honduras and that she hoped to maintain their long-standing cooperation.

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