China and Nicaragua re-establish ties in blow to U.S. and Taiwan By Reuters

China and Nicaragua re-establish ties in blow to U.S. and Taiwan By Reuters
2/2 China and Nicaragua re-establish ties in blow to U.S. and Taiwan© Reuters. Flags of Taiwan and foreign countries flutter at the Diplomatic Quarter which houses the former Nicaraguan embassy and other foreign embassies, in Taipei, Taiwan December 10, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Wu 2/2

By Yew Lun Tian and Ben Blanchard

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) -China and Nicaragua re-established diplomatic ties on Friday after the Central American country broke relations with Chinese-claimed Taiwan, boosting Beijing in a part of the world long considered the United States’ backyard and angering Washington.

China has increased military and political pressure on Taiwan to accept its sovereignty claims, drawing anger from the democratically ruled island, which has repeatedly said it would not be bullied and has the right to international participation.

China’s Foreign Ministry, announcing the decision after meetings with Nicaragua’s finance minister and two of President Daniel Ortega’s sons in…

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