Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

President Tsai Ing-wen

BEIJING-Taiwan lost its second diplomatic partner in less than a month as the West African state of Burkina Faso severed relations amid a Chinese campaign to suppress global recognition of the self-ruled island, which Beijing claims as part of its territory. China also persuaded the Dominican Republic to switch sides on May 1, the government in Taipei said.

The Burkinabe foreign ministry's statement made no direct mention of China, but said "the evolution of the world and the socio-economic challenges of our country and region push us to reconsider our position".

"China toys with dollar diplomacy and promises huge sums of money to entice many countries to build relations", Tsai said.

Beijing has been seeking to increase pressure on Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen.

China's foreign ministry said Beijing appreciates Burkina Faso's move to sever ties with Taiwan.

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"China's goal regarding Taiwan has never changed", Lee Teng-hui, who in 1996 became Taiwan's first democratically elected president, said in a rare interview.

Burkina Faso's decision means Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign nation by only 18 mainly small, developing countries. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in January that he hoped "all African countries can appear in the family portrait of China-Africa cooperation, without anyone missing". China has blocked Taiwan's participation in worldwide meetings such as the World Health Assembly and has pressured multinational companies ranging from fashion brands to airlines to describe Taiwan as part of China.

The loss of Burkina Faso comes at the end of a week that began with a demonstration of American commitment to its friendly but unofficial relations with Taiwan.

The ruling Communist Party's military wing, the People's Liberation Army, has sent fighter planes near Taiwan's coast a dozen times since Tsai's election and an aircraft carrier sailing through the 110-mile-wide (170-kilometer-wide) strait that separates them. China stopped wooing Taiwan's diplomatic partners during the eight-year Kuomintang administration under President Ma Ying-jeou, which ended in 2016 when Taiwan elected Ms. Tsai as president.

The Beijing-sceptic leader has since refused to agree with China over the fact that Taiwan is part of "one China".

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