2021/12/4  
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

    我國友邦宏都拉斯將在28號舉行總統大選,親中的反對黨候選人目前民調領先,台宏邦誼充滿變數,這讓美國國務院也相當關注,不僅率團訪問宏國,也呼籲主要候選人應與台灣維持關係。外交部長吳釗燮表示,感謝美國重視台宏關係,而我方跟宏都拉斯執政黨、反對黨的候選人都有非常深入的交談,有信心維持邦誼。

    在中美洲的邦交國宏都拉斯,隨著該國28號的總統大選逼近,邦誼充滿變數。

    根據10月份民調,曾表示如果勝選,將與台灣斷交、轉和中國建交的反對黨候選人卡斯楚支持率有3成8,現在的執政黨候選人阿斯夫拉只有2成1,兩人差距達到17個百分點,台宏關係可能生變,讓美國也相當關切。

    美國國務院西半球事務局助卿尼可拉斯近日就率團訪問宏國,PO出與宏國外交部長、國防部長等官員見面的照片。

    而國務院官員也透露,美方已經向宏國兩位主要候選人明確表達,台宏之間的關係相當重要,美方希望台宏關係持續下去。

    [[外交部長 吳釗燮]]
    “宏都拉斯的總統葉南德茲,在前不久,也來台灣訪問,來證明宏都拉斯跟我們台灣之間的邦交,是非常穩固的,那在(宏國總統大選)這個過程當中,我們不只是跟執政黨的候選人,也跟反對黨的候選人,都有非常深入的交談,美國對我們跟中美洲這些友邦國家的關係,他們也非常的重視”

    [[宏都拉斯總統 葉南德茲(11.13)]]
    “在區域情勢緊張的此時,宏都拉斯來到台灣,就是要展現我們是真正的朋友,只有在患難的時刻才能見到真情,我們也希望這樣深厚的情誼跟邦誼,能夠繼續來深化,無論是在我任內或是我卸任之後”

    雖然日前受邀來台,歡慶台宏建交80週年的宏國現任總統葉南德茲,喊患難見真情,延續邦交與合作。但眼看反對黨聲勢高漲,台宏關係的未爆彈,將在28日投票日過後引爆。


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