Dominican Republic cuts ties with Taiwan
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.