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Taiwan Severs Diplomatic Ties With Dominican Republic Over China

© AP Photo / Chiang Ying-yingDancers perform during the inauguration ceremony of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, May 20, 2016
Dancers perform during the inauguration ceremony of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, May 20, 2016 - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Taiwan cut off its diplomatic ties with the Dominican Republic on Tuesday after the latter established official diplomatic relations with China, the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of China (Taiwan) said in a statement.

"This morning, the Dominican Republic and China have announced the establishment of diplomatic ties. This was the result of China's efforts in offering vast financial incentives for the Dominican Republic to end their 77 years of diplomatic relations with Taiwan… To protect both the nation's dignity and sovereignty, the government announces the termination of relations with the Dominican Republic, effective immediately," the statement said, adding that Taiwan was deeply upset by China's actions.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the signing ceremony of an official communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Dominican Republic was held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in the Chinese capital of Beijing. The document was signed by Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

The Dominican Republic was one of the few states that maintained diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which were established in 1941.

Taiwan is not recognized as an independent state by China, which claims sovereignty over the island. Taiwan similarly does not recognize the central government in Beijing.

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