TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan says it is breaking off diplomatic ties with El Salvador because the Central American country plans to defect to rival Beijing. The move is the latest blow to the self-ruled island that China has been trying to isolate on the global stage.
El Salvador’s Foreign Minister Carlos Castaneda, left, speaks as China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi listens at a signing ceremony to mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between El Salvador and China at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Aug. 21, 2018.
The break in ties means Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign nation by only 17 mainly small, developing countries. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced Tuesday that his government has established ties with El Salvador.
Earlier this year, the