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Nicaragua severs ties with Taiwan, switches allegiance to China

Taipei now has just 14 formal diplomatic allies; US calls for expanded engagement

"The People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government that represents all of China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory," Nicaragua's foreign ministry said in a statement issued in Spanish and English.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Nicaragua severed its long-standing ties with Taiwan to switch its allegiance to China, a move that leaves Taipei with just 14 formal diplomatic allies.

"The government of the Republic of Nicaragua today breaks diplomatic relations with Taiwan and ceases to have any contact or official relationship," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued Friday, Asia time. "The People's Republic of China is the only legitimate government that represents all of China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory."

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