Taiwan: Dominican Republic to Maintain Taiwan Ties
Diplomatic officials in both countries said Thursday that president-elect Leonel Fernandez, who takes office in August, will maintain diplomatic ties with the island while improving relations with mainland China.
The Dominican Republic is one of 26 countries that recognizes Taiwan as a state despite diplomatic pressure from China, which views the island as a rebellious province.
The reassurances were issued in response to published reports that a Dominican Republic Senate leader warned Taipei earlier this month that ties might be broken under a Fernandez administration.
Dominican Republic envoy to China, Carlos Guzman, reminded Reuters Thursday, that President Fernandez maintained ties with Taiwan throughout his first term as president, from 1996 to 2000.