Haiti reassures Taiwan that it won't break off diplomatic relations in favor of China, like the Dominican republic

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Under: Diplomacy
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President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, right, holding talks with Foreign Minister Antonio Rodrigue of Haiti in Taipei on Monday. (NYTimes)

Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Rodrigue is in Taiwan from April 29 till May 2nd, where he already had a private audience with his Taiwanese counterpart, Joseph Wu, as well as with Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen.

The visit of the Haitian Minister of foreign affairs to Taiwan, comes two days ahead of the announcement of the Dominican Republic, that it would severe ties with Taiwan in favor of China.

“The Dominican Republic recognises that there is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory,” said an official Dominican statement, ending the 77-year alliance between the two countries.

The trip of Haiti’s chief diplomat to Asia, is to mainly reassure Taiwan that Haiti is not seeking to break off diplomatic relations in favor of China.
Taiwan and Haiti became diplomatic allies in 1956, the two nations have since enjoyed very warm relations and they have worked on environmental protection, agriculture, public health, security and education. Taiwanese aides represents  1/5 of Haiti’s yearly budget.

Taiwan also announced ahead of Minister Rodrigue's visit, that it would grant Haiti a $150 million loan to improve the grid of the State Electric Company, EDH.

Since Haiti recognizes Taiwan as an independent country, it doesn’t have diplomatic relations with China, which considers Taiwan as a renegade Province, who someday will reunite with China, either voluntarily or by force if necessary.

Haiti on the other hand firmly supports Taiwan’s admission into the United Nations and other international governing bodies.

(This article was updated to reflect a $150 million loan made by Taiwan ahead of the visit of Haiti's minister of foreign affairs.)

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