Burkina Faso resumes ties with China after Taiwan break

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China and Burkina Faso on Saturday announced the resumption of diplomatic ties in a joint communique signed by Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Burkina Faso's Foreign Minister Alpha Barry in Beijing.

The New York Times wrote on Friday that Taiwan was enraged by the Burkina Faso incident and China's successful bid to block Taiwan from participating in the World Health Organization's annual assembly in Geneva.

The double loss leaves Taiwan with diplomatic recognition from just 18 states, raising concerns that China is accelerating efforts to isolate the island from the worldwide community-just as U.S. President Donald Trump shows renewed interest in shoring up ties with the island.

And like other countries, including the United States, that for decades have broken diplomatic relations with Taiwan, they did so for one reason: to please China.

Taiwan has accused China of using dollar diplomacy to lure away its allies, promising generous aid packages, charges China has denied.

The Chinese government refuses to maintain diplomatic relations with any nation that recognizes Taiwan and has long pressured countries to sever ties with the island.

Ms. Tsai, unlike her predecessor, refused to acknowledge a principle that China and Taiwan are part of "one China"-a formulation Beijing sees as an acknowledgment that political unification is possible in the future".

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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.

Beijing, which claims the island as its own territory, has been steadily dialing up the pressure on President Tsai.

The attack to China from Taiwan continued on Twitter, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the island tweeted: "We ended 24 years of ties with #BurkinaFaso today".

"We also call on private firms to collectively reject China's unreasonable demands to change their designation of "Taiwan" to 'Taiwan, China, '" it said. It last did so in 1973, before resuming relations with Taipei in 1994.

Beijing has stepped up military drills in and around Taiwan in recent months, frequently sending its H-6K bombers and fighters jets, as well as the PLA's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, to conduct regular "island encirclement" patrols.

Burkina Faso was the fourth country to cut ties with Taipei since Tsai took office two years ago. "We will never give in", she added.

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