US backs Taiwan ahead of high-stakes Honduran vote: report (2021/11/25)
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    US backs Taiwan ahead of high-stakes Honduran vote: report (2021/11/25)

    This weekend could mark a turning point for Taiwan’s diplomatic relationship with Honduras. The South American country will hold its presidential election on Sunday. The frontrunner of the race wants to break ties with Taiwan to recognize Beijing. Ahead of the high-stakes election, U.S. officials have reportedly gone to Honduras to make the case for Taiwan.

    In Central America, uncertainties hang over its ties with Honduras, which will decide its next president on Sunday.

    In a poll conducted in October, support for the opposition’s Xiomara Castro stood at 38%. Castro says that if elected, she will sever ties with Taiwan to recognize Beijing. In the October poll, the ruling party candidate, Nasry Asfura, came in at just 21%, trailing Castro by 17 percentage points. As Taiwan-Honduran ties hang in the balance, the U.S. has made its stance clear.

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere Brian Nichols recently led a delegation to the Central American country. In a post on Twitter, he said he had discussed the upcoming election with Honduras’ foreign and defense ministers.

    In a Reuters report published Wednesday, a senior State Department official said that the U.S. emphasized to both presidential candidates the importance of the Honduras-Taiwan relationship. The official said that the U.S. “would like to see that continue.”

    Joseph Wu
    Foreign minister
    The President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez visited Taiwan not long ago, to reaffirm the stability of the alliance between Taiwan and Honduras. Now, with the elections, we have held thorough talks with the candidates from the ruling party and from the opposition party. The U.S. deeply values our relationship with our Central American allies.

    Juan Orlando Hernandez (Nov. 13)
    Honduran president
    Amid the complexity of the current situation in this region, Honduras is here, as a true friend for Taiwan. I believe that good friends and good allies show their true colors at difficult times. We will always advocate for this deep relationship, be it during or after my presidency.

    The Honduran president visited Taiwan earlier this month to celebrate 80 years of official ties between his country and Taiwan. During the visit, he stated that difficult times showed who one’s true friends are, and he called for continued relations and cooperation. Even so, it looks like Taiwan’s friendship with its Central American ally could be in jeopardy.
    中文 Chinese  
    美籲台.宏保持邦交 吳釗燮:有信心維持邦誼






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