China and Honduras maintained diplomatic ties on Sunday. They did so shortly after the Central American country cut ties with Taiwan. China and Honduras will exchange ambassadors.
On Saturday, the Honduran foreign ministry announced via Twitter that it would no longer recognize Taiwan as an independent country. There are 13 countries that do this.
“The Government of Honduras recognizes the existence of only one China. The Chinese government is the only legitimate government that represents all of China. Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory,” the ministry wrote.
“China invites Honduran president Xiomara Castro to visit China soon,” Foreign Minister Qin Gang told his Honduran counterpart Enrique Reina at the signing of the diplomatic agreement.
Taiwan confirmed on Sunday that its decades-long ties with the Central American country have been severed. The island, considered a renegade province by China, has removed the Honduran flag from the Ministry of foreign affairs. Taipei accuses Beijing of intimidation by buying off allies to support China.
Taipei had previously decided to recall the ambassador out of anger over minister Reina’s official visit to Beijing.