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Statement on the termination of diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso by Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Date: 2018/05/24    Data Source: Public Diplomacy Coordination Council
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May 24, 2018

Statement on the termination of diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso by Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Friends from the media: Good evening.

Today the government of Burkina Faso informed our Ambassador that they would sever diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

In order to uphold the Taiwan’s sovereignty and dignity, I am also announcing the termination of diplomatic ties with Burkina Faso, effective immediately. Taiwan will cease all aid programs, close our embassy, and begin the process of recalling our diplomatic staff, medical and technical teams.

Today’s development weighs heavily at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It marks the second severance of diplomatic relations in less than a month. Together with the people of Taiwan, I express my disappointment, anger, and regret.

I want to emphasize that China’s efforts to switch Taiwan’s allies and reduce Taiwan’s diplomatic presence will neither narrow the gap between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, nor led to peace and friendship in the cross-strait relationship. It will not win the “hearts and minds” of people across the Taiwan Strait. Instead, it will further stoke the anger and disappointment amongst the people of Taiwan towards the Chinese government.

I want to reiterate President Tsai Ing-wen’s statement that we will never bow to Beijing’s pressure. I also want to repeat what I have previously said, Taiwan refuses to engage in a battle of dollar diplomacy with China.

In recent months, we have worked harder than ever to strengthen Taiwan’s international participation. As people have seen, even when Taiwan is excluded from this year’s World Health Assembly, our delegation has never given up. They have continued to do all that they can to engage in meaningful discussions about global health with other countries. They have worked to expand Taiwan’s international presence and share our health accomplishments with the world.

Meanwhile, China’s efforts to take away Taiwan’s diplomatic allies will not stop us from developing even closer relations with like-minded countries. Recently, Taiwan’s relationship with the United States and other like-minded democracies have expanded dramatically. China’s actions will not halt this progress. Instead, they will only reinforce Taiwan’s determination to strengthen ties with the countries that share our values and interests.

In closing, I would like to convey my gratitude to our 18 diplomatic allies for their longstanding support of Taiwan. We have seen their comments, along with those from like-minded countries, emphasizing at the World Health Assembly that Taiwan is a key member of the international community. They have consistently spoken about the Taiwanese people’s right to take part in international affairs. We greatly appreciate their support for Taiwan. We will continue to fulfill our international responsibilities and safeguard our diplomatic partnerships. Thank you.