Burkina Faso cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan after intense pressure from China

Burkina Faso cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan after intense pressure from China

Burkina Faso cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan after intense pressure from China

BEIJING-Taiwan lost its second diplomatic partner in less than a month as the West African state of Burkina Faso severed relations amid a Chinese campaign to suppress worldwide recognition of the self-ruled island, which Beijing claims as part of its territory.

Beijing and Burkina Faso established diplomatic relations on Saturday, two days after the West African nation severed ties with Taiwan.

From now on, Taiwan will closely scrutinize applications by Chinese officials to visit under Taiwan's legal framework, and the MAC will adopt more measures to strengthen the country's security mechanism, he said.

Tsai said Taiwan would not engage in "dollar diplomacy" and would not cower to China's pressure.

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chief Chen Ming-tung (陳明通) criticized the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) on Friday after a recent diplomatic setback for Taiwan, saying the formula it advocated for relations with China will not work.

President Tsai warned China Thursday that Taiwan would not tolerate what she called its "crude behaviour to undermine our sovereignty".

"It won't work even if Taiwan accepts the consensus, as China won't accept a free interpretation of 'one China, '" Chen argued at a regular news briefing while calling for unity among Taiwan's people.

It is the second time Burkina has cut ties with Taiwan.

He said the resumption of China-Burkina Faso ties signified a step forward to a goal that all African nations will join in the big family of friendly cooperation between China and Africa.

Around a dozen other airlines including Air Canada, Air France, British Airways and Germany's Lufthansa list Taiwan as a Chinese territory, though it is unclear when they started referring to the island that way.

Tsai's tenure has already seen the loss of three allies to China, with the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Sao Tome and Principe all switching allegiance since 2016.

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu blamed China for Burkina Faso's decision, telling reporters in Taipei that efforts to persuade countries to switch recognition to Beijing won't improve the cross-strait relationship.

Tsai has lashed out at China's "crude behaviours" since Burkina Faso broke ties.

"This is obviously a politically motivated proposal and Taiwanese are watching it with wide-open eyes", Hsu said, adding that Beijing should instead arrest economic fugitives from Taiwan hiding there and send them back to face justice as soon as possible.

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