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Panama switches diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced the change, which entails breaking off formal relations with Taiwan.


  |  Updated On : June 13, 2017 01:15 PM
Panama switches diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China

Panama switches diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China

Panama City :  

Panama has shifted diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China after a century of having only commercial relations with the Asian giant.

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced the change, which entails breaking off formal relations with Taiwan.

Varela said in a televised address that it is the “correct path for our country.”

A joint statement on Monday evening says Panama and China are recognizing each other and establishing ambassador-level relations as of the same day.

It adds that Panama recognizes only one legitimate China and that Taiwan “forms an inalienable part of Chinese territory.”

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China is the second-biggest client of the Panama Canal and the leading provider of merchandise to a free-commerce zone in the Caribbean city of Colon. 

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First Published: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:11 PM
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