May 1, 2018 - World

Dominican Republic cuts ties with Taiwan

Dominican and Chinese leaders sit on armchairs in front of an orange and red painting

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and the Dominican Republic's Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Vargas meet in Beijing. Photo: Minoru Iwasaki, Pool/Getty Images

The Dominican Republic is terminating its diplomatic relationship with Taiwan and pledging to recognize it as "an inalienable part of China," reports the AP.

The big picture: It's a setback for Taiwanese sovereignty and a win for Beijing, which is increasingly wary of Taiwan's leanings toward independence and threats to the One-China policy. The Dominican Republic's move comes as the U.S. is ramping up diplomacy with Taiwan under President Trump.

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