The central Afraican country of Chad has severed diplomatic relations
with Taiwan, and switch its recognition and open official ties with Beijing.
And Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and his Chadian counterpart Ahmad
Allam-mi signed a joint communique Sunday night to resume diplomatic ties
between the two countries.
"Under Beijing's influence, Chad has
decided to restore diplomatic ties with China," Taiwan's "foreign ministry"
spokesman Michel Lu told a press conference Saturday night
Chinese Foreign Minister Li
Zhaoxing, right, and his Chadian counterpart Ahmad Allam-mi shake hands
after signing a joint communique to resume diplomatic ties between the two
countries in Beijing late Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006.
"To safeguard our dignity, Taiwan government has decided to cut off
diplomatic ties with Chad and immediately suspended all of the aid projects to
the country," Lu said.
Taiwan's ambassador to Chad was called into the foreign ministry in N'Djamena
Saturday and informed that the government had decided to switch recognition "in
the interest of the state," a Chadian foreign ministry official said.
China and Chad have agreed to resend ambassadors to each other's countries
and provide convenience for the establishment and work of each other's embassies
on an equal footing, it says.
According to the communique, the Chinese government supports the efforts made
by the Chadian government to safeguard state sovereignty and develop economy.
"The Chadian government recognizes that there is only one China in the world
and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legitimate
government representing the whole China. Taiwan is an inalienable part of the
Chinese territory," it says.
The Chinese government expresses appreciation for the above stance the
Chadian government pursues, the communique says.
1971 expulsion from the United Nations, successive Taiwanese regimes have spent
millions of dollars in economic aid to persuade countries, mostly in Africa and
Latin America, to support its battle against Beijing for international
As Beijing's global political and economic clout has grown, Taiwan has found
it increasingly on the losing side of the diplomatic battle.
Chad is the seventh country to switch recognition to Beijing since Taiwanese
leader Chen Shui-bian took office in 2000, following Senegal, Liberia,
Macedonia, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Vanuatu and Grenada.
This latest setback for Taiwan means the island is now recognized by just 24
countries, mostly small states in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific.
Chad's move came only days before Taiwan "Premier" Su Tseng-chang was due to
attend the inauguration of Idriss Deby for a third term as president. The trip
has now been cancelled.