One-China policy

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.

U.S. lawmakers nominate controversial Hong Kong leaders for Nobel

A plaque depicting Alfred Nobel adorns the lecturn prior to 2015 ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
A plaque depicting Alfred Nobel adorns the lectern prior to the 2015 ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Photo: Ragnar Singsaas / Getty Images

A group of 12 bipartisan lawmakers, led by Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Chris Smith, has nominated 3 controversial Hong Kong leaders and "the entire pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong" to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.

Why it matters: U.S. lawmakers, and especially Rubio, appear to be ramping up the human rights pressure on the PRC. It may go nowhere but it is at least another sign of the growing contentiousness in U.S.-China relations.