[quote]Taiwan sent officials to Malawi and summoned its ambassador to save diplomatic relations amid reports arch-rival China was aggressively courting the southern African nation, a government spokeswoman said on Monday.
Also on Monday, ministry sources said China had recently pressured Haiti, Panama and the Dominican Republic to break ties with Taiwan and ally with Beijing, local media reported.[/quote]
And a Malawian news source:
[quote]Malawi is establishing diplomatic relationship with China, which, according to a cabinet minister close to the diplomatic swoop, is a move in recognition of China’s growing influence in world affairs.
The minister said China has already pledged over US$6 billion in aid including funding of Shire-Zambezi Waterway project, the dream project of President Bingu wa Mutharika.[/quote]
Assuming this is true, that means the countries recognizing an independent Taiwan will be down to 23, with a few more on the bubble if the Reuters article is proved true.
I thought I read somewhere that Panama was the next likeliest country to switch diplomatic ties after Malawi, that a Taiwanese official (or some think tank person) stated that Taiwanese-Panamanian relations are in a “danger” zone right now. I could be wrong though.
What’s your thought on this?