China on Saturday suspended its diplomatic relations with Saint Lucia.
Chinese Ambassador to St. Lucia Gu Huaming lodged solemn representations and
strong objection to the government of St. Lucia after the Caribbean state
resumed so-called "diplomatic relationship" with Taiwan.
Gu, on behalf of the Chinese government, announced the suspension of
diplomatic relations with St. Lucia and the cessation of fulfilling all
agreements between the governments of the two countries.
The Taiwan authorities announced Tuesday that it has resumed "diplomatic
relations" with St. Lucia.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement that the
resumption of "diplomatic relations" between St. Lucia and Taiwan was a flagrant
violation of the declaration on the establishment of diplomatic relations
between China and St. Lucia.
China established diplomatic links with St. Lucia in 1997. The Caribbean
island nation has a total area of 616 square kilometers and a population of
China has recently repeated its concerns over St. Lucia's inclination to
develop official links with Taiwan, which the international community recognizes
as an inseparable part of China.