Honduran Presidential Candidate’s Staff Denies Breaking Off Diplomatic Relations With Taiwan Immediately After Winning Election

【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: Beiji  Translator: Ranting

According to the Voice of America on Nov. 24, a statement issued Tuesday by the staff of Honduran presidential candidate Xiomara Castro, the leading candidate in the polls, denied Castro’s earlier comments about “breaking off diplomatic relations with Taiwan after his election” and said no final decision had been made on the matter.

Hugo Noe, a close aide to Castro and former governor of Honduras’ central bank, said a final decision on relations with Taiwan has not yet been made and will depend on weighing the interests of all parties, including consideration of the U.S. attitude, and the possible impact on bilateral relations.

Honduras is one of only 15 countries that currently have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Since Tsai took office in 2016, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been accused of unscrupulous poaching over the past few years, poaching three successive Taiwan diplomatic states, Panama, Dominica and El Salvador, from Latin America, known as the U.S. backyard, through various means, including inducements and threats, and has attracted U.S. concerns and criticism as a result.

Image from Voice of America

Castro, the candidate of the leftist Liberal Reconstruction Party (LIBRE) in Honduras, is currently leading her opponent by double digits in the polls. She earlier threatened to break off diplomatic relations with Taiwan and instead establish diplomatic relations with the Chinese Communist Party if she wins the election next Sunday (Nov. 28).

Earlier this month, outgoing Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado led a delegation to Taiwan and expressed his hope that Honduras would continue to deepen its diplomatic friendship with Taiwan.

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